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UPDATED: Medicare HETS 270/271 Eligibility - Information Bulletin - Upcoming System Release - August 10, 2012
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HETS 270/271

Medicare HETS 270/271 Submitters:

CMS is planning a HETS 270/271 system release in the 3rd Quarter of 2012 that will enhance the ASCX12 Version 5010A1 271 responses Trading Partners receive from the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) 270/271.  No content changes to the 270 request will be required for this release but this is a significant release that includes a change in supported Service Type Codes.  Please review the online release documentation and prepare as necessary.  The release documentation can be found online at:

Release Summary: /Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/CMS-Information-Technology/HETSHelp/Downloads/R2012Q300HETS270271ReleaseSummary.pdf (please refresh your browser to ensure you are viewing version 3-0 of this document - a previous email referenced an older version of the document).

A document that includes sample HETS 271 responses based upon this upcoming release will be published in the very near future -- CMS will notify all submitters when this document is available.

An updated HETS 270/271 Companion Guide that includes 2012 Q3 changes will be distributed as soon as possible.  CMS will notify all submitters when this document is available.

The release is tentatively scheduled to be installed in November, 2012.  The HETS 270/271 application will be unavailable during the system release.  CMS will distribute more specific release information (including estimated outage times) in October, 2012.

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

Medicare Customer Assistance Re: Eligibility (MCARE) Help Desk