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HETS 270/271 Information Bulletin - National Version 5010 Testing Day
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HETS 270/271

HETS 270/271 Submitters:

The Version 5010 compliance date " Sunday, January 1, 2012 " is fast approaching. All HIPAA-covered entities should be taking steps now to get ready, including conducting external testing to ensure timely compliance. Are you prepared for the transition? Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) trading partners are encouraged to contact their Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) now and facilitate testing to gain a better understanding of MAC testing protocols and the transition to Version 5010.

To assist in this effort, HETS, in conjunction with the Medicare FFS Program, announces a National 5010 Testing Day to be held Wednesday, June 15, 2011. National 5010 Testing Day is an opportunity for trading partners to come together and test compliance efforts that are already underway with the added benefit of real-time help desk support and direct and immediate access to MACs.

CMS encourages all trading partners to participate in the National 5010 Testing Day. This includes:
 Providers;
 Clearinghouses; and
 Vendors

Specific information regarding HETS 270/271 and 5010 requirements is available online on the 5010 Information - HETS 270/271 web page. A link has been provided in the Related Links Inside CMS section below. Submitters should contact the MCARE Help Desk to discuss testing. HETS 270/271 submitters will need to allow at least 1 day advance notice before testing.

CMS National 5010 Testing Day does not preclude trading partners from testing 5010 transactions immediately. Don't wait. You are encouraged to begin working with your trading partners now to ensure timely compliance. Note that successful testing is required before a trading partner may be placed into production.

We hope all trading partners will join us on or before Wednesday, June 15, 2011 and take advantage of this great opportunity to ensure testing and transition efforts are on track! For more information on HIPAA Version 5010, please visit the Versions 5010 & D.0 & 3.0 web page. A link has been provided in the Related Links Inside CMS section below.

Medicare Customer Assistance Re: Eligibility (MCARE) Help Desk