Are You Ready to Start Billing with the MBI?

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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) required CMS to remove social security numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. CMS replaced the SSN-based HICN with a new, randomly generated MBI. The new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) is noticeably different than the HICN. 

On August 19, 2019 CMS reissued the MLN Matters article SE18006 to show that all new Medicare cards have been mailed, to encourage providers to use the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) now to protect patients’ identities, to emphasize that providers must use MBIs beginning January 1, 2020, and to explain the rejection codes providers will get if they submit a HICN after January 1, 2020. 

Use MBIs now for all Medicare transactions. 

To view the list of tips from the van Halem Group to make sure your staff is ready to use MBIs for all Medicare transactions, click here

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