CMS upgrades fix problems with HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System

A second round of hardware and software upgrades seems to have solved long-running problems with a major IT system operated since 2005 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported. The 244 organizations, using the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System, including 130 providers, 10 Medicare administrative contractors and 104 information clearinghouses handling queries for 400,000 providers, initiated more than 380 million transactions in the first six months of 2012 and experienced an average response time of 2 seconds. --Read the full article on FierceHealthIT