CMS Announces New Medicare Cards

PUBLISHED: Jun 5, 2017
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant to: Home Health, Long Term Care, Hospice, Ambulatory Care, Hospital, Behavioral Health, Lab, Medical Office/Clinic

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number currently used on the Medicare card. CMS will begin mailing new cards in April 2018 and will meet the congressional deadline for replacing all Medicare cards by April 2019.

On May 30, CMS kicked-off a multi-faceted outreach campaign designed to help providers get ready for the new MBI. Providers and beneficiaries will both be able to use secure look up tools that will support quick access to MBIs when they need them. There will also be a 21-month transition period where providers will be able to use either the MBI or the HICN further easing the transition.

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