Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following FAQs are provided for information and clarification. They will be revised and updated as needed. Additional information regarding Minnesota Statutes, section 62J.536 and related rules is available at on the Minnesota Department of Health Administrative Simplification Act website.
Last revised: 1/30/2012
Category 3 - Minnesota Administrative Uniformity Committee (AUC)
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is statutorily required to consult with the Minnesota AUC, on rules for the data content and format for standard, electronic health care administrative transactions. The AUC is a broad-based, voluntary organization representing Minnesota’s public and private health care payers, hospitals, health care providers and state agencies. It has served since 1992 to develop agreement among payers and providers on standardized administrative processes. The AUC acts as a consulting body to various public and private entities, but does not formally report to any organization and is not a statutory committee. It meets as a large committee of the whole, as well as through numerous work groups and Technical Advisory Groups (TAG). The work groups and TAGs reflect particular areas of expertise and divisions of labor with respect to different types of health care administrative transactions and processes.
Information regarding the Minnesota AUC and its activities can be found at the AUC website. In particular, the website calendar includes a posting of upcoming AUC meetings and activities, as well as links to meeting agendas, minutes, and other materials. AUC meetings and activities are open to the public.
The Minnesota uniform companion guides are rules for the standard data content and format of standard, electronic health care administrative transactions. They are mandatory and have the force of law. MDH collaborates with the Minnesota AUC in developing the guides.
AUC best practices are consensus recommendations of the AUC to further standardize and harmonize health care administrative transactions. However, best practices are not mandatory and do not have the force of law. While adoption or adherence to the AUC best practices is voluntary, it is strongly encouraged to further reduce health care administrative burdens and costs. The AUC best practices (as well as copies of the rules) can be found at the AUC website.