MOBILE, Ala., and SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The SSI Group, Inc. (SSI) and the Claredi Corporation announced today that they have formed a partnership to provide definitive HIPAA EDI testing and certification services to SSI clients through the Claredi Associate Program (CAP). CAP was developed to assist vendors, clearinghouses and payer organizations with the enormous task of assisting the provider community in the transition toward HIPAA standard EDI transactions. Program participants deliver the added value of Claredi's authoritative, objective, third-party assessment of each organization's HIPAA compliance capabilities, while providing a discount to providers. The Claredi and SSI partnership will enable providers to take a significant step toward fulfillment of their obligations under HIPAA law and help to ensure that their cash flow is not interrupted following the October 16, 2003, deadline for HIPAA compliance. According to the checklist for HIPAA readiness recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)(www.cms.hhs.gov), "it is up to ... the healthcare provider to see to it that (their) transactions are being conducted in compliance with HIPAA." "We're excited about our partnership with Claredi," said SSI President and CEO Bobby Smith. "We chose Claredi as a partner because of their outstanding reputation in transaction code set testing and certification associated with HIPAA. Their services will bring many benefits to our clients as they prepare for the October 16 deadline." Larry Watkins, executive vice-president and CEO of Claredi noted, "By facilitating Claredi's testing and certification service for its customers, The SSI Group is demonstrating that it is serious about HIPAA. Not only will they help reduce their providers' HIPAA burden, but they are also helping those providers achieve the real and lasting benefits to be derived from standardized HIPAA EDI transactions." About Claredi Claredi is the nation's leading commercial provider of HIPAA EDI compliance testing and certification. As the only testing and certification service whose interpretations of the HIPAA Implementation Guides were developed by the guide authors themselves, Claredi offers payers, providers, clearinghouses and vendors definitive certification that their healthcare EDI is compliant with the requirements of HIPAA legislation. Claredi also offers an extensive range of supplemental HIPAA EDI testing services. More information on Claredi is available at www.claredi.com. About The SSI Group, Inc. The SSI Group, Inc. (SSI) is a national, diversified Information Technology company established in 1988. The company maintains corporate headquarters in Mobile, Ala., and branch facilities in Clearwater, Fla.; Denver, Co.; and Chesapeake, Va. The company has approximately 300 employees and more than 1,200 clients nationwide. SSI leads the healthcare field in claims management technology, EDI platforms and networking. The company offers a wide range of services and technologies for both payers and providers in EDI claims processing, document management and business office outsourcing. The company also offers eligibility and Medicare compliance verification and optical storage as a central archive. For more information, visit the SSI Web site at www.thessigroup.com.
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