New Medicare Cards Are Coming, Are You Ready? New Medicare Cards Are Coming, Are You Ready?

New Medicare Cards Are Coming, Are You Ready?

After much discussion and anticipation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the design of the new Medicare cards it will begin sending to beneficiaries in April 2018. The effort to remove any personal identifiers related to the Medicare beneficiary is referred to as the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI). This initiative is designed to reduce identify theft and fraud. The new Medicare cards will include a new Medicare number (known has the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI)). The MBI will be randomly-generated numbers and letters, not linked to the Medicare beneficiary. CMS is making additional changes to the card to simplify the information and remove reference to gender.
 
How does this change impact Medicare Secondary Payers?
 
The new cards will not impact the Medicare Secondary Payer Section 111 reporting obligations.  CMS will revise the reporting system to update the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) field to accommodate the MBI. We suggest insurers and third-party administrators review their processes to obtain and incorporate the new numbers as they are issued in the second quarter of 2018. All Medicare cards will be updated by April 2019.

For more information, contact Ann Stewart or another member of our Labor, Employment and Immigration Practice.

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances.
 
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