New Medicare Card: Transition Period Ends in Less Than 6 Months
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, you must use the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). CMS will reject claims you submit with the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), with a few exceptions and reject all eligibility transactions.
Many providers are using the MBI for Medicare transactions. For the week ending July 5, providers submitted 76% of fee-for-service claims with the MBI. Protect your patients’ identities by using MBIs now for all Medicare transactions. Don’t have an MBI?
- Ask your patients for their card. If they did not get a new card, give them the Get Your New Medicare Card flyer in English or Spanish.
- Use your Medicare Administrative Contractor’s look up tool. Sign up for the Portal to use the tool.
- Check the remittance advice. We return the MBI on the remittance advice for every claim with a valid and active HICN.
For more information, see the MLN Matters Article.