Health Compensation Room: an entity that processes or facilitates the processing of information received by another entity in a non-standard format or that does not contain standard data content in standard data items or a standard transaction, or that receives and processes a standard transaction from another entity or facilitates the processing of that information in non-standard content for a receiving entity. administrative simplification: Title II, HIPAA subtitle F, which gives HHS the power to request the application of standards for the electronic exchange of health data; specify which sets of medical and administrative codes should be used in these standards; require the use of national identification systems for health care patients, providers, payers (or plans) and employers (or sponsors); and define the types of measures needed to protect the security and privacy of personal health information. It is also the name of Title II, Subtitle F, Part C of HIPAA. Standard X12: The term currently used for each X12 standard for electronic data exchange and authorized since the last release of the U.S. national X12 standards. Accompanying manual: document prepared by each payer to indicate the data elements and conditional segments that must be used to conduct HIPAA-type transactions with that paying agency. The manual also outlines connectivity requirements and other useful information to support the implementation of HIPAA standard transactions. The accompanying guide is intended to complement, but not oppose, the requirements of the implementation guide. EDI: electronic data exchange – X12 and similar formats of varying length for electronic exchange of structured data.

EDI is sometimes used more broadly to refer to any electronic exchange of formatted data. Covered unit: a health plan, a health care clearing house or a health care provider that provides health information in electronic form as part of a HIPAA transaction. Trade Agreement (TPA): an agreement to exchange information in e-commerce, whether the agreement is separate or part of a broader agreement between each party. (A trade agreement may, among other things, define the obligations and responsibilities of each party in conducting a standard transaction.) Compliance date: This is the date on which a covered company must meet a standard, implementation specification or modification.