I am requesting that an XML standard be created for the ASC X12 healthcare-payer related transactions (270/271, 276/277, 278, 820, 834, 835, 837).
As we develop real-time services to support the HCR-mandated transactions (270/271, 276/277, etc.) we are converting the incoming ASC X12 EDI transaction to an XML format. However, we have no guarantee that our XML format is standard (or will be standardized). So at some future date when XML is adopted as a standard for the real-time exchange of healthcare information, significant retooling may be required. We'd like to have an XML standard specified that we can start writing to - in order to decrease our long-term costs.
Also, as we develop new interactions with various clearinghouses and trading partners, it would be advantageous if we could exchange ASC X12 in XML format rather than the older and more problematic ASC X12 EDI delimited format.