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Medicare HETS 270/271 Eligibility - Information Bulletin - Upcoming System Release & Updated HETS Companion Guide - February 22, 2013
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HETS 270/271

Medicare HETS 270/271 Submitters:

CMS is planning a HETS 270/271 system release in March 2013.  This release is an optional new service offering for the HETS 270/271 application.  There are no content changes to the 270 request or the 271 response and this release is completely optional – existing submitters are not required to take any action or change any of their existing processes.  The release offers the option of a secure, web-based connectivity method to the HETS 270/271 application.

If so desired, please review the online release documentation.  Please note that these documents are intended for use by a technical professional who has experience implementing secure, web-based connectivity. The release documentation can be found online at:

Optional New Service Offering summary: /Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Downloads/R2013Q100HETS270271OptionalNewServiceOffering.pdf

Updated HETS 270/271 2013Q1 Release Companion Guide (Version 7-0):  /Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Downloads/HETS270271CompanionGuide5010.pdf

Please note that while the Companion Guide was primarily updated to reflect details relevant to the optional new service offering, there were also minor changes made to other sections of the document.  Please see Appendix D (Revision History) of the Companion Guide for complete details.

The release is tentatively scheduled to be installed in mid-March, 2013.  The HETS 270/271 application will be unavailable during the system release.  CMS will distribute more specific release information (including estimated outage times) in the near future.

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

Medicare Customer Assistance Re: Eligibility (MCARE) Help Desk