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."
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.
SOURCE The SSI Group, Inc.