CMS to Further Delay Termination of Access to CWF Queries – Working to Replicate CWF Hospice Benefit Period Format in HETS
As part of a recent MLN Matters article, MLN Matters SE1249 Revised, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that its intended April 1, 2014, termination of access to Common Working File (CWF) eligibility queries in the Fiscal Intermediary Standard System (FISS) Direct Data Entry (DDE), often referred to as the HIQA, HIQH, ELGA and ELGH screens and HUQA, will be further delayed.
CMS is continuing to make modifications to the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System (HETS) so that, among other things, it returns hospice benefit period information in the same format as is currently available in the CWF. No future termination date has been set but the article indicates that CMS will provide at least 90 days advance notice of the new termination date.
Providers should be preparing to make the transition to HETS for eligibility inquiries. Discontinued access for CWF eligibility queries will not affect the use of DDE to submit claims or to correct claims and will not impact access to beneficiary eligibility information from Medicare Contractors’ Interactive Voice Response (IVR) units and/or Internet portals.