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
May 30th, 2017
Nearly 58 million Americans pack Medicare cards, and because their Social Security number is on the card, this puts them at great risk of fraud and identity theft. Medicare is planning to replace the cards as mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to protect beneficiaries. New cards begin mailing April 2018, and that ...
In Billing
Apr 21st, 2015
The end of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) wasn’t the only Medicare dinosaur fossilized in mid-April. Recent breaches of personal health information (PHI) and a decade of horror stories about exposed Social Security identification (SSI) numbers prompted the government to mandate that the numbers be removed from Medicare cards, last week. President Obama signed a ...
In Billing
Apr 27th, 2012
A report issued April 23 by Social Security and Medicare trustees paints a bleak picture for the future of health care. If expenditures continue to outpace revenues, trustees project the Hospital Insurance trust fund will be depleted by 2024; and the current solvency of the Supplementary Medical Insurance trust fund relies on a scheduled 30 ...