CMS is in the process of migrating submitters from their HETS legacy eligibility system to their new “Redesign” system. Providers and clearinghouses are being moved to this new system in groups and the first group is moved last week. The HETS system is primarily accessed by clearinghouses but I think there are some health systems that are accessing it directly.
There are a few things to be aware of regarding this migration:
If you would like to read the full release summary with all the changes, click the link below:
Also see the new full HETS companion guide if you’re interested in the business logic they use for responses.
I’m hoping that this system migration will be uneventful and straightforward but you can never tell with CMS. This move gets them closer to being able to truly sunset the common working file eligibility queries, which is long overdue. I won’t be surprised if CMS sends out an announcement Q1 2017 regarding shutting off the CWF queries.