Using Modems for Medicare Connectivity

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.

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Florida Medicare – Transitioning Dial-Up Users to a NSV.

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First Coast Medicare(FCSO) is terminating dial-up connectivity on March 2, 2015. If you are currently using a dial-up connection to send claims and download remits, it’s time to switch. FCSO has provided a list of their approved Network Service Vendors(NSV) that you can use for these services to prevent any interruption to your cash flow. Continue reading

Medicare dial-up connectivity is being eliminated for 717 area code.

EDI trading partners still connecting to Novitas via the former 717 area code modem telephone number will no longer be able to connect for claim submission and report retrieval as of 12:01 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, August 29, 2014.:

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The majority of our trading partners have already made these changes,

Inability to connect for claim submission, remittance and/or report retrieval. and we appreciate your assistance with this effort.  Currently, customers still connecting through the 717 area code telephone number may already be experiencing:

  • Decreased connection quality.
  • Frequent connection time-outs.
  • If your modem is more than four years old, you may need to purchase a new dial-up modem in order to connect.

Customers who have not changed to the new connections should speak to their software vendor immediately to resolve any connection issues you are experiencing.   Additionally, trading partners who are located in the 717 area code will need a long distance phone service in order to connect.

MEDTranDirect is an Approved Network Service Provider for Novitas. MEDTranDirect can provide you with a solution! MEDTranDirect provides secure high-speed Internet connectivity to online inquiry services and the Common Working File (CWF).

MEDTranDirect provides a simple and easy to use product “PayerLink” that provides access to: DDE, PPTN, VIPS, HETS, and Claims file transfer.

 

By Aaron Brandwein – Vice President of Sales and Marketing, MEDTranDirect

 

Your Medicare dial-up connectivity is being eliminated!

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Dial-up connectivity will be eliminated as an EDI data exchange option for uploading claims and downloading ERAs:

These MACs recommend that users on dial-up make the transition as soon as possible to avoid disruption to Medicare service.

MEDTranDirect can provide you with a solution! MEDTranDirect provides secure high-speed Internet connectivity to online inquiry services and the Common Working File (CWF).

MEDTranDirect provides a simple and easy to use product “PayerLink” that allows Internet connectivity for batch claims submission and ERA download.

 

By Aaron Brandwein – Vice President of Sales and Marketing, MEDTranDirect