HIPAA 5010 Transactions Standards & Code Sets (HIPAA 5010) readiness statement

On January 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regarding updated standards for electronic healthcare transactions: X12 Version HIPAA 5010.

MagnaCare Readiness

MagnaCare is committed to delivering excellent service and has adopted HIPAA transactions and code sets, including compliance with and support of HIPAA 5010.

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Please note the replacement of the original base versions by the Errata in the chart below. Transactions not supported by MagnaCare are shown as “Not applicable.”

Transactions Affected by the Errata Errata Version
January 1, 2012
Base Version
January 1, 2012

820 Premium Payment


Not Applicable

834 Benefit Enrollment and Maintenance



835 Health Care Claim Payment/Advice



837 Health Care Claim: Professional



837 Health Care Claim: Institutional



837 Health Care Claim: Dental


Not Applicable

270/271 Health Care Eligibility Benefit Inquiry and Response


Realtime service through Change HealthCare

276/277 Claim Status Inquiry/Response


Realtime service through Change HealthCare

278 Health Care Claim Services Requests for Review and Response


Not Applicable

999 Implementation Acknowledgement For Health Care Insurance



The final rule adopts X12 Version 5010 Errata for HIPAA transactions.

Modifications were introduced as a result of the current 4010A1 electronic transaction standards being outdated and including rules that no longer align with business practices in the healthcare industry.

The HIPAA 5010 final rule applies to all HIPAA covered entities, including health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and certain healthcare providers. Version 5010 is designed to bring a more consistent use of healthcare transactions to the industry, ultimately making it easier for healthcare providers to submit the same information to all insurance carriers.

5010 Readiness FAQ

What is version 5010 of the X12 HIPAA Transaction and Code Set Standards?

HIPAA X12 version 5010 is a set of standards that regulates the electronic transmission of specific healthcare transactions, including eligibility, claim status, referrals, claims, and remittances. Covered entities, such as health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and healthcare providers, are required to conform to HIPAA 5010 standards. Use of the 5010 version of the X12 standards is required by federal law. The compliance date for use of these standards is January 1, 2012.

Who will need to upgrade to HIPAA 5010?

All covered entities, listed below, are required to upgrade to HIPAA 5010 standards. Covered entities may use a clearinghouse assist them with complying with the rules.

  • Physicians
  • Hospitals
  • Payers
  • Clearinghouses

Additionally, even though software vendors are not included in the list of covered entities, in order to support their customers they will need to upgrade their products to support HIPAA 5010 as a business imperative.

What are the major differences between HIPAA 4010A1 and HIPAA 5010?

There are changes across all of the transactions, some of which include:

  • The ability to support new requirements brought forward by the industry
  • Clarification of usage to remove ambiguity
  • Consistency across transactions
  • Support of the NPI regulation
  • Removal of data content that is no longer used
Why was it necessary to upgrade to HIPAA 5010?

The upgrade to HIPAA 5010 was important for several reasons:

  • Industry experience with the 4010A1 implementation uncovered some unanticipated issues and requirements; and
  • HIPAA 5010 will be able to accommodate the forthcoming and mandatory ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets, which were implemented on Oct. 1, 2013.
What challenges does HIPAA 5010 present to the healthcare industry?

One of the most prominent challenges is identifying the gaps between HIPAA 4010A1 and 5010. Many of the challenges facing the healthcare industry are not technical in nature but address business challenges.

How can covered entities prepare for the transition to HIPAA 5010?

An organization should make it a priority to perform a thorough systems inventory to establish which technical and business components will be impacted by the transition to HIPAA 5010. In the analysis of business components, the organization should also review the readiness of their business partners, including clearinghouses, software vendors, etc., to confirm that they are also prepared to transition by the compliance date.

Additionally, covered entities should perform a full internal gap analysis between HIPAA 4010A1 and HIPAA 5010. Such an analysis both focuses on a covered entity’s actual use of the content within the standard transactions and identifies the circumstances in which the changes in the standards impact the specific covered entity. This information will be vital in understanding the local impact of the transition to the organization.

Will HIPAA impact a member’s health benefits?

The benefits specified in the member’s documents are unaffected by the HIPAA Title II mandate. HIPAA brings additional added-value, including safeguarding protected health information. However, if the group makes a change to the benefits it will be separate from the HIPAA update.

What HIPAA standard transactions are used by MagnaCare?

MagnaCare uses the following transaction sets:

Will I need to test my 5010 transactions with MagnaCare?

Yes, provided you have an established direct connection with MagnaCare and are not using a clearinghouse or billing service.

When did MagnaCare begin 5010 testing?

MagnaCare has offered testing of 5010 transaction sets with its trading partners since October 2011.

Who is MagnaCare’s 5010 Contact?

MagnaCare’s 5010 contact for questions and test files: [email protected]