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Medicare HETS 270/271 Eligibility - Information Bulletin - Upcoming System Release - February 12, 2014
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HETS 270/271

Medicare HETS 270/271 Submitters:

CMS is planning a HETS 270/271 system release (the HETS R2014Q100 release) in April 2014.  This release will include changes that were originally scheduled for the HETS R2013Q400 release, plus additional changes.  
CMS has published a HETS 270/271 R2014Q100 Release Summary (version 2-0) and a new HETS 270/271 Companion Guide (version 9-1) in anticipation of the 2014Q100 release (currently scheduled for April 2014).  No content changes to the 270 request are absolutely required for this release but submitters may need to re-evaluate the Service Type Codes that are being submitted on the 270 eligibility request.  HETS submitters should use the R2014Q100 Release Summary and updated Companion Guide to prepare for this important upcoming release.    
Release Summary: http://cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Downloads/R2014Q100HETS270271ReleaseSummary.pdf (version 2-0)

Updated HETS 270/271 2014Q100 Release Companion Guide: http://cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Downloads/HETS270271CompanionGuideUpcoming.pdf (be sure to refresh your page to view version 9-1)
CMS will also provide a copy of the updated 270 request and 271 response examples via the HETSHelp website Spotlight page (http://cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Spotlight.html) as soon as possible.  

The release is tentatively scheduled to be installed in April 2014.  The HETS 270/271 application will be unavailable during the system release.  CMS will distribute more specific release information (including estimated outage times) in March 2014.

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

Medicare Customer Assistance Re: Eligibility (MCARE) Help Desk