Palmetto GBA E-mail Update: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

January 2016 “Dark” Days for the Common Working File (CWF)
For the upcoming January 2016 Release, CWF will be observing one business “dark” day on Thursday, December 31, 2015. The CWF Host will also be observing the holiday on Friday, January 1, 2016, so this will also be considered a “dark” day. This means Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will not have access to the Health Insurance Master Record (HIMR) and Beneficiary Dat a Streamlining (BDS) transactions. Eligibility information in HIQA and HIQH will also not be available to providers. On the dark days please use Palmetto GBA’s eServices or the Interactive Voice Response unit to eligibility and beneficiary verification for claim detail, etc. The Provider Contact Center will not have access to CWF during this time.

Applies to:

  • JM Home Health and Hospice//General
  • JM Part A//General
  • JM Part B//General

ICD-10 Post-Implementation: Coding Basics Revisited MLN Connects Video
In this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ICD-10 video, Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Nelly Leon-Chisen from the American Hospital Association (AHA) discuss the unique characteristics and features of the ICD-10 coding system.

Applies to:

  • JM Home Health and Hospice//General
  • JM Part A//General
  • JM Part B//General
  • Railroad Medicare (RRB)//General – Railroad Medicare

ICD-10 Website Wheel: A Guide to CMS Medicare FFS Resources
CMS recently released an updated ICD-10 Website Wheel for Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) providers. The Website Wheel provides easy access to official resources on CMS ICD-10 web pages.

Applies to:

  • JM Home Health and Hospice//General
  • JM Part A//General
  • JM Part B//General
  • Railroad Medicare (RRB)//General – Railroad Medicare

Updated eServices Minimum System Requirements Now Available
What are the minimum system requirements for Palmetto GBA’s eServices?
In an effort to maintain the security of the information available through eServices, users must now ensure that TLS 1.1 or higher is checked in their browser settings in order to successfully access the portal. This option is typically located on the Advanced tab under Internet Options in your browser. To optimize usability of Palmetto GBA’s eServices, we recommend that users verif y their system adheres to the most current version of eServices minimum system requirements. Please read this article to learn more.

Applies to:

  • JM Home Health and Hospice//General
  • JM Part A//General
  • JM Part B//General
  • Railroad Medicare (RRB)//General – Railroad Medicare
    eServices//General Information

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