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Medicare HETS 270/271 - Information Bulletin - March 27, 2018
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HETS 270/271

Medicare HETS 270/271 Submitters:

CMS reminds HETS 270/271 Submitters of an important change that will become effective this coming Sunday, April 1, 2018:

April 1, 2018 is the beginning of the New Medicare Card transition period.  Effective this date, HETS will accept either HICN or MBI in a 270 request.  HETS may also return new MSG segments on the 271 response.  Please refer to the HETS New Medicare Card Release Summary linked below.  Note that the New Medicare Card transition period will continue until December 31, 2019.

/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Downloads/NewMedicareCardProjectHETS270271ReleaseSummary.pdf (PDF)

Remember that there is a planned HETS 270/271 outage for CMS data center maintenance from 11:30 PM ET on Friday, March 30, 2018 through 12:00 PM (Noon) ET on Sunday, April 1, 2018.  Therefore, HETS will be unavailable on Sunday morning as the calendar flips over to April 1st.  Any attempts to connect to HETS 270/271 early on Sunday, April 1, 2018 will fail. 

Please contact the Help Desk is you have any questions.