Ohio Hospital Newswire


New Cards for Medicare Beneficiaries




The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking providers to inform their Medicare patients that new beneficiary cards are being mailed nationwide through April 2019 to replace existing Health Insurance Claim Numbers, or HICNs. CMS is reporting some new cards are being inadvertently discarded because they were sent in non-descript envelopes.
Providers are encouraged to ask Medicare patients for their new Medicare card when they seek care.
If patients have not received a new card, CMS asks providers to remind them it is coming, give them the “Still Waiting for Your New Card?” handout (in English or Spanish) or refer them to 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227).

There is a 21-month transition period where providers will be able to use either the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, or MBI, or the HICN. Providers can use the myCGS MBI Look-Up Tool to obtain a patient’s MBI using these data elements:
  • Patient’s last name
  • First name
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security Number

The myCGS MBI Tool Job Aid can be found here with screen shots and helpful directives to assist providers.
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA, mandated that the social security number-based HICN must be removed from the Medicare card and replaced with the new MBI. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, only the MBI will be accepted for all Medicare transactions, with limited exceptions.
For more information on the MBI Project please visit the link located here.
Please reach out to OHA’s Shawn Stack with questions.
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