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Medicare HETS 270/271 Eligibility - Information Bulletin - Upcoming System Exercise - March 23, 2011
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HETS 270/271

Medicare HETS 270/271 Submitters:

CMS continues its preparations for an April 2011 installation of the 2011 Q2 release. CMS has made significant progress towards resolving the issues that impacted the December 2010 release. CMS will perform a short pre-implementation dry run exercise of the 2011 Q2 release on Friday, March 25, 2011. During this exercise all submitter traffic will be automatically forwarded to the redesigned version of the HETS 270/271 application. No changes are required to the incoming 270 eligibility requests but submitters should be prepared to receive amended 271 responses from HETS. Details of the changes that submitters will see during this exercise are available in the Downloads section below.

This exercise will begin at 2:00 PM ET on Friday, March 25, 2011. 271 responses returned from the redesigned version of HETS 270/271 will contain amended information per the Exercise Summary. During the exercise submitters may experience varied responses. The exercise will cease no later than 3:00 PM ET. At the conclusion of the exercise all submitter traffic will be returned to the current version of the HETS 270/271 application. Based on system performance and other factors, CMS may choose to terminate the exercise before 3 PM.

Please contact the MCARE Help Desk if you have any questions or comments.

Medicare Customer Assistance Re: Eligibility (MCARE) Help Desk