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In just a few short weeks, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin to mail new Medicare cards to beneficiaries. The new cards will not show the beneficiary’s Social Security number as part of a fraud prevention initiative to reduce the risk of identity theft.
Instead, the newly-issued cards will display a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). Each MBI will have 11 characters, including numbers and upper case letters, and is randomly generated. The MBIs have no hidden meaning or “intelligence.”
Eliminating the Social Security numbers on Medicare cards will better protect private health care and financial information, as well as federal health care benefit and service payments.
New Medicare Cards – Timing
CMS plans 7 waves of distribution for the new cards. Beginning this April, the first 2 waves will occur by June, and the remaining 5 waves are scheduled after June 2018. Card distribution will happen on a flow basis based on geographic location and other factors.
For Medicare providers, there is a transition period where either the prior Medicare beneficiary’s identification number or the MBI may be used to exchange data with CMS. This transition period begins on April 1, 2018 and will extend through December 31, 2019.
During this transition period, CMS will monitor use of old vs. new identification numbers as well as transition and adjustment to the new MBIs to make sure everyone is ready to use only MBIs by January, 2020. Beginning January 1, 2020, only MBIs may be used on claims (with a few exceptions) – no matter what the date of service is.
If you require medical credentialing and payer enrollment needs for your practice or medical facility, please contact 1st Assistant. Our experienced and dedicated specialists will provide all credentialing and enrollment services quickly and will monitor your account for ongoing updates and re-attestations. Heidi Henderson, our company owner and President, is eager to meet you and discuss your payer enrollment needs. Please call us at 512.201.2668 or contact us via the website.
Our credentialing experts are here to help you assess exactly which solutions you need and let you know how inexpensively we could put you on the right track. 1ˢᵗ Credentialing includes primary source verification and payor enrollment for all insurance networks including Medicare, Medicaid, Medi-Cal and insurance networks. Don’t wait another minute, contact our terrific team today!