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Medicare HETS 270/271 Eligibility - Information Bulletin - Upcoming System Release - January 22, 2016
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HETS 270/271

Medicare HETS 270/271 Submitters:

CMS is planning an upcoming HETS 270/271 R2016Q300 system release in the third quarter of 2016.  

The HETS R2016Q300 Release introduces a more robust technical infrastructure for the HETS 270/271 application. Functionality of the HETS 270/271 application will remain unchanged with the exception of a few updates, the majority of which deal with error responses.  The implementation of the technical infrastructure will require all submitters to migrate to a new platform. Submitter migration will take place in a phased and controlled approach beginning in the third quarter of 2016.

Submitters will be required to modify their systems to send their HETS 270 traffic to a new destination IP/Port or URL.  Effective with this release, Submitters may need to modify their systems to ensure that their HETS 270 request does not include a Medicare Beneficiary’s middle name or initial, or a gender code.   

CMS has published a HETS 270/271 R2016Q300 Release Summary in anticipation of this release.  CMS urges all HETS submitters to use the R2016Q300 Release Summary and the upcoming amended HETS 270/271 Companion Guide to prepare for this important upcoming release.    

Release Summary: /Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Downloads/R2016Q300HETS270271ReleaseSummary.pdf (PDF)

The release is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.  Submitters will be notified when additional information is available regarding this release.

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