Trading Partners who send electronic transmissions directly to Blue Cross NC must test for HIPAA compliance before they can transmit to Blue Cross NC production environment. Blue Cross NC offers free testing for its trading partners through a Web-based application. The application is available at the Blue Cross NC Community Portal Web site. This testing tool provides analysis of test files, specific information on errors, and enables users to keep a history of files tested. The site can also be used to run production files for senders who would like to verify the compliance of their files prior to transmission.
Trading partners must register at the Web site prior to submitting files for testing. For detailed information about registering and submitting test files, download the Instructions for HIPAA testing with Blue Cross NC Community Portal .