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New Website Offers Resources for Transitioning to New MBIs

August 30, 2017:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has created a new website that provides resources for providers preparing for the switch from Medicare patient identity cards with Social Security number-based identifiers on them to those with randomly generated Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI).

By April 2018, providers must be able to recognize and process cards with MBIs, although they can submit claims with SSN-based health insurance claim numbers (HICN) through the transition period, which ends December 31, 2019. The transition period is meant to be used for testing systems and ironing out problems.

The new website offers resources for providers, health and drug plans, partners and employers, and states. Among the resources for providers is a list of five things they can do to get ready for MBIs, ways they can talk to patients about the new cards, and a list of frequently asked questions.

Note that up until now, the move to MBIs has been called the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI), but the project will now be called simply the “New Medicare Card.”

The new website can be accessed at https://www.cms.gov/medicare/new-medicare-card/nmc-home.html


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