MEDTranDirect provides connectivity between healthcare providers and all the Medicare contractors (MACs). Through this connection, providers can have access to the Direct Data Entry (DDE) or FISS system, the ability to send claim files and receive response files like the 835 and 277CA, and connection to the Medicare eligibility system (HETS).
The first two services have been available for almost thirty years. When they were introduced, access to these systems was achieved through a modem, phone line, and a remote terminal to the IBM mainframe computers running these services. Now, decades later, this technology is still prevalent among providers who are still using the same methods to access this information and conduct these transactions. Although many users have replaced the remote terminal with an emulator that can run under Windows on an existing PC, the technology connecting this emulator to the MAC systems still exists and is still supported by many MACs today.