HIPAA Version 5010 – Companion Guide Updates

November 17, 2011

Two errors have been identified in the HIPAA Version 5010 Companion Guides. The Companion Guides have not yet been updated. Please note the following if you are completing certification testing:

  • Postal Code (ZIP code) must be nine digits long. The current length stated in the Companion Guide is 5/9; however, a ZIP code with only five digits will be rejected.

  • 270 Eligibility Inquiry: At the top of page 12 in the Companion Guide, before Segment ID NM108, there should be one more Element Separator (Value = “*”). There are a total of four separators shown between NM103 and NM108, and there should be five.