Medicare FFS Updates
CMS' Medicare FFS program is underway with implementation activities to convert from Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 version 4010A1 to ASC X12 version 5010 and National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) version 5.1 to NCPDP version D.0.
The Medicare FFS program is engaged with both its internal and external partners to ensure compliance with the timelines provided in the 5010/D.0 final regulation. The Office of Information Services (OIS), Business Applications and Management Group (BAMG), Division of Medicare Billing Procedures (DMBP) is coordinating 5010/D.0 implementation across CMS and its partners.
HHS permits dual use of existing standards (4010A1 and 5.1) and the new standards (5010 and D.0) from the March 17, 2009, effective date until the January 1, 2012 compliance date to facilitate testing subject to trading partner agreement.
The CMS Medicare FFS schedule:
- Level I April 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010
- Level II January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011
- Fully compliant on January 1, 2012
For further information on CMS' Medicare FFS 5010/D.0 Implementation activities go to HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) Help (270/271) and, Medicare Fee-for-Service 5010 - D0
The Medicare FFS Approach
The purpose of this message is to clearly communicate the approach that Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) is taking to ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA's) new versions of the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions.
The Standards Development Organizations have made corrections to the 5010 and D.0 versions of certain transactions. The Errata versions replace the Base versions for HIPAA compliance. Per the Federal Register (Vol. 75, No. 197, October 13, 2010, 62684–62686 [2010–25684] found at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/fr-cont.html), HIPAA compliance will require the implementation of the Errata versions and the Base versions for those transactions not affected by the Errata, as listed below. Compliance with the Errata must be achieved by the original regulation compliance date of January, 2012.
Table 1. Transactions Affected by the Errata - list of Base and Errata versions for 5010 and D.0.
|Transactions Affected by the Errata Version||Base Version||Errata Version|
|270/271 Health Care Eligibility Benefit Inquiry and Response||005010X279||005010X279A1|
|837 Health Care Claim: Professional||005010X222||005010X222A1|
|837 Health Care Claim: Institutional||005010X223||005010X223A2|
|999 Implementation Acknowledgment For Health Care Insurance||005010X231||005010X231A1|
|835 Health Care Claim Payment/Advice||005010X221||005010X221A1|
|276/277 Status Inquiry and Response||005010X212||N/A|
|277CA Claim Acknowledgement||005010X214||N/A|
|National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) Version D.0 of the Telecom Standard||D.0||D.0 April 2009|
Medicare FFS will implement the Errata versions to meet HIPAA compliance requirements. Also in compliance with the published regulation (RIN 0938-AM50 of 45 CFR Part 162), Medicare FFS testing with external trading partners must begin in January of 2011.
CMS HETSHelp site
The CMS HETSHelp site provides information specific to the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) for 270/271 Medicare eligibility transactions. Please visit the HETSHelp site at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/HETSHelp/ for details about the changes being made to HETS to support the X12 5010 standard.