Friday, May 10, 2013

Medicare Transitions Away from Common Working File

Earlier this year, CMS announced that the Common Working File (CWF), which is used by providers to access beneficiaries’ Medicare eligibility information, will be terminated as it falls out of compliance with new Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. CMS has advised providers that use the CWF to transition to their alternative tool, the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) as soon as possible to avoid any disruptions in their daily operations. Providers will not be able to access the CWF for eligibility information starting in April of 2014. You may click here for more guidance and information on this issue (login required). If you have any questions, please contact James Michel.

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