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Date
2017-12-05
Subject
Medicare HETS 270/271 Eligibility - Information Bulletin - Upcoming System Releases - December 5, 2017
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HETS 270/271

Medicare HETS 270/271 Submitters:

CMS is planning an upcoming HETS 270/271 system release which will impact HETS 270/271 Submitters.   

The HETS R2018Q100 Release will introduce several changes to the HETS 271 response. CMS has published a HETS 270/271 R2018Q100 Release Summary in anticipation of this release.  CMS urges all HETS submitters to use this R2018Q100 Release Summary and the upcoming amended HETS 270/271 Companion Guide to prepare for this important upcoming release.    

HETS R2018Q100 Release Summary: https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Downloads/R2018Q100HETS270271ReleaseSummary.pdf  (version 1.0)

The R2018Q100 release is currently scheduled for March, 2018.  Submitters will be notified when additional information is available regarding this release.

Note that the HETS R2018Q100 release is in addition to the previously announced HETS New Medicare Project Release that will go into effect on April 1, 2018.  The HETS New Medicare Card Project Release introduces several changes to the HETS 270 request and 271 response transactions.  These changes include the option to begin submitting the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) instead of a HICN on a HETS 270 request.  CMS encourages all HETS Submitters to migrate their systems to submit the MBI as soon as the new Medicare card and number is available.  CMS has published a HETS 270/271 New Medicare Card Project Release Summary in anticipation of this release.  CMS urges all HETS Submitters to use this New Medicare Card Project Release Summary and the upcoming amended HETS 270/271 Companion Guide to prepare for this important upcoming release.

HETS New Medicare Card Project Companion Guide: https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Downloads/NewMedicareCardProjectHETS270271CompanionGuide.pdf (version 10-6)

HETS New Medicare Card Project Release Summary: https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Downloads/NewMedicareCardProjectHETS270271ReleaseSummary.pdf (version 1.05)

The New Medicare Card Project release is scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2018. 

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