CMS Open Door Forum on new Medicare Card Project
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires the government to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status. You can find more details by accessing the latest Open Door Forum slides.
Under the new system, each person enrolled in Medicare will receive a new MBI (The MBI is confidential like the SSN and should be protected as Personally Identifiable Information) and a new Medicare card in order to combat medical identity theft for people with Medicare.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) will have a transition period where you can use either the HICN or the MBI to exchange data. The transition period will begin no earlier than April 1, 2018 and run through December 31, 2019. During the transition period, CMS monitor the use of HICNs and MBIs and assess if the public is ready to use only MBIs by January 2020.
Access the full CMS article to know more.