Will the millennium bug bite you?

The countdown has begun. You have exactly one year to check all your systems for Year 2000 (Y2K) compliance. President Clinton recently signed into law a bill that will make it easier to trade information about Y2K problems without running afoul of federal antitrust laws.

Earlier this year, a Senate panel sent notices to all medical equipment manufacturers asking for information about their systems. At that time, many manufacturers refused to answer the survey, citing antitrust concerns, according to a recent report in Modern Healthcare.

Some analysts and legal experts predict that small businesses will be hardest hit by Y2K problems. But whether you work for a large payer or for yourself, it’s not too late to run a Y2K check of all your systems, providers, and vendors.

In the next issue of Case Management Advisor, we will provide you with the information you need to reach Y2K compliance before the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, 2000.