As you know, the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) is replacing the Social Security number (SSN) on Medicare cards to help diminish identity theft.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), current statistics show that health care professionals are submitting 75% of their fee-for-service claims with the new MBI!
You can look up MBIs for your Medicare patients when they don’t, or can’t, give them. Sign up for the portal to use the tool. The portal will remain open after the transition period ends on Dec. 31.
Your patient’s SSN is required to search and may differ from their Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), which uses the SSN of the primary wage earner. If your Medicare patients do not want to give you their SSN, they can log into mymedicare.gov to get their MBI.
Protect the MBI as personally identifiable information – it is confidential like the HICN.
CMS will accept both old and new cards for Medicare transactions until Dec. 31.
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, CMS will only accept cards with the MBI.
For more information, CMS is holding an Open Door Forum conference call on Sept. 11 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET. Check out CMS’ article, New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI); Get It, Use It.