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CMS MLN Connects for March 28, 2019

CMS released a new MLN Connects for March 28, 2019, available through the link: MLN Connects® for Thursday, March 28, 2019External link
Of particular interest to our CEDI customers is the following article:

New Medicare Card and MBI Adoption: How Do You Compare?

Use Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) for all Medicare transactions – the transition period ends December 31, 2019. For the week ending March 22, here is how you are using the MBI on claims:

  • National: 68%
  • Institutional: 68%
  • Professional: 69%
  • Durable Medical Equipment: 52%

3 Ways to Get the MBI:External PDF file

  • Ask your patients for the card. If your Medicare patients say they did not get a card, instruct them to call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), so we can help them get their new cards.
  • Use your Medicare Administrative Contractor’s look up tool. Sign upExternal PDF file for the Portal to use the tool.
Check the remittance advice. Until the end of the transition period, we return the MBI on the remittance advice for claims with a valid and active Health Insurance Claim Number. Contact your vendor if you do not see the MBI.

Post Date: 3/29/19