Tuesday, November 15, 2016

V34 Errata From NTIS (our version v34a, their v34 release 3)

Today is Tuesday, November 15th, 2016. Last Friday, an unexpected delivery from NTIS (who distribute the office US Federal DRG implementation on which we base our implementation) showed up in our mail.

This delivery contained a disc we had not ordered and a notice from NTIS that the official V34 R2 (release 2) had issues and so there was an R3. Here is alink to the official Errata documents: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/AcuteInpatientPPS/Downloads/FY2017-CMS-1655-FR-MS-DRG.zip

We spent the weekend reviewing the changes and deciding what we should do. Given what we found (logic and code attribute changes), here is our plan:

(a) Do a re-release as quickly as possible, offering a free upgrade to all customers who bought the initial release.

(b) Accept that the "v34" as version tag is associated with the initial, erroneous release.

(c) Use "v34a" in software version tags and in the executable file names and distribution files which supercede the initial release and so users can more easily tell if they have the corrected software (we realize that this may also cause users to have to change configuration scripts, etc, but we felt that certainty about having the corrected version was paramount). NOTE: We are not changing configuration file names as such v34.ini for DRGFilt as there is no need.

(d) Try to keep our grumbling about what a pain in the neck this is to ourselves as much as possible. Suffice it to say we know this is a drag for those of you who bought the initial release and we feel your pain.

We spent yesterday, Monday, figuring out how to schedule this internally and what, exactly, needs to be revisited.

Today the real work starts. We hope to have a new release live on the Website by the close of business tomorrow, Wednesday and to be re-filling already-filled orders on Thursday and Friday.

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