In Billing
Feb 7th, 2019
As of January 25, only 62 percent of healthcare providers submitted fee-for-service claims with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)(MLN Connects, Feb. 7). Is your provider among the 28 percent who haven’t begun to use the MBI for Medicare transactions? Providers have until Dec. 31 ...
In CMS
Sep 4th, 2018
 MLN Matters issued an article on July 11, 2018  to clarify that the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) format does not use the letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z. This was done so that there will never be a confusion between the numbers 5, 1, 0, 3, and 2.  Keep in mind that whenever you see a ...
In CMS
Jun 21st, 2018
As Medicare patients start to present their brand-new Medicare identification cards, you might see something and wonder what you’re supposed to do with it – a QR code. Don’t let it confuse your staff. Some Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are putting them on members’ new cards, which replace older cards. The new cards replace the ...
In CMS
Aug 7th, 2017
Medicare still plans to mail new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries, beginning April 2018. The change is being made to assign random identifiers to members to replace the Social Security numbers used now. Because of the scope of the change—millions of members and changes to existing systems—this has been a long time coming. CMS said ...
In Billing
Jun 20th, 2017
Medicare beneficiaries will start receiving new member ID cards in the mail beginning April 2018. Healthcare providers and the billing companies they employ have until then to prepare their systems to accept the new format. What’s Behind the Change? The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) mandates the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ...