Medicare Cards Will No Longer Have Social Security Numbers – Here’s What You Need to Know
Social Security Numbers are being removed from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards used for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status. Beginning in April 2018, CMS will start mailing the new Medicare cards with the MBI to all Medicare beneficiaries in phases by geographic location.
There will be a transition period beginning in April 2018 and running through December 31, 2019. Beginning in October 2018, through the transition period, when providers submit a claim using a patient’s valid and active Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), CMS will return both the HICN and the MBI on every remittance advice. During the transition period, Agencies can use either the HICN or the MBI to exchange data.
Starting January 1, 2020, all providers will submit claims using MBIs, no matter what date the services were provided.
Begin to plan now for this change to assure everyone is educated and, all of your processes are tested and effective well before December 2019. The details to this initiative can be found here.