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New Medicare Card Project

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 External link (MACRA) requires CMS to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new randomly generated Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number on new Medicare cards for transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.

Detailed specifications for the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) format can be found here:

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/Understanding-the-MBI-with-Format.pdf External PDF file

It’s time to look at your practice management systems and business processes and determine what changes you need to make to use the new MBI.