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clearinghouse

(health care clearinghouse)
For health care, an organization that translates health care data to or from a standard format. Health Care Clearinghouse: Under HIPAA, this is "… a public or private entity that does either of the following: (1) processes or facilitates the processing of information received from another entity in a nonstandard format or containing nonstandard data content into standard data elements or a standard transaction. (2) receives a standard transaction from another entity and processes or facilitates the processing of [that] information into nonstandard format or nonstandard data content for a receiving entity." [45 CFR 160.103]
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Definition reproduced with permission of FOX Systems Inc. and HIPAA Consulting.