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What You Need to Know: Medicare Beneficiary Identifier Frequently Asked Questions

May 16, 2018

In early May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an updated version of their frequently asked questions (FAQs).  Learn more about it.

New Medicare Cards: What You Need to Know

April 3, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is fighting Medicare fraudulent activity by removing the Social Security Number (SSN), the patient’s sex, and the patient signature from the current Medicare card. A new card with a new Medicare number known as the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will be mailed to all Medicare beneficiaries. The mailing process will begin in April 2018.

CHIP Funded for Six Years; Congressional Action Still Needed On Other Priorities

January 30, 2018

There is good news regarding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). To end the three-day federal government shutdown, President Trump on Monday signed a three-week continuing resolution that includes a provision to fund CHIP for six years.

Guidance on Coding and Billing Date of Service on Professional Claims

September 22, 2017

This MLN Matters Article is intended for physicians, non-physician practitioners, and others submitting claims on a CMS-1500 form or the X12 837 Professional Claim to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for reimbursement for Medicare Part B services.

Coming in April 2018: New Medicare Card - New Number

July 24, 2017

Medicare is takings steps to remove Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards.  In April 2018, people with Medicare will begin receiving new cards, replacing all cards by April 2019.  These cards will have a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) number that is randomly generated with "non-intelligent" characters that do not have any hidden or special meaning.

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