ATTENTION: Medicare will be releasing New ID Cards!
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that they will be issuing new ID cards. Starting in April 2018 Medicare will be mailing new cards to beneficiaries. These cards will have a new identification number that is different from the beneficiaries Social Security Number. These new numbers will be called the Medicare Beneficiary Identified (MBI). The change has been implemented to help prevent fraud and protect against medical identity theft. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be required to have Social Security Numbers (SSNs) removed from all Medicare cards by April 2019.
It is important that you copy these new cards when the patients receive them. Remember that the patient’s name and MBI must appear on all claims, records, and forms exactly as it appears on their card! Failure to have this information will result in a denied claim and rejected documentation.
As stated on the CMS website, the mailings of these MBI’s will follow the sequence outlined below. Additional information on timing will be available as the mailings progress. You can check the status of cards being mailed in your area on https://www.medicare.gov/.
New Medicare Card Mailing Waves Wave
|1||Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia||April – June 2018|
|2||Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon||April – June 2018|
|3||Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin||After June 2018|
|4||Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont||After June 2018|
|5||Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina||After June 2018|
|6||Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming||After June 2018|
|7||Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virgin Islands||After June 2018|
Here is an example of what the New Medicare Card will look like.
(Image courtesy of Medicare.gov)