Are you ready to bill with MBIs?

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Friday, November 8, 2019

ATLANTA – Providers must use Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers when billing Medicare beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the van Halem Group reminds them in a recent blog. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 required CMS to remove Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019. CMS replaced SSN-based HCINs with new randomly generated MBIs. On Aug. 19, CMS reissued an MLN Matters article to show that all new Medicare cards have been mailed out and to encourage providers to use MBIs. “Use MBIs now for all Medicare transactions,” the blog states. The van Halem Group recommends that providers: ask Medicare patients for their new Medicare cards when they come in for care, use their MAC’s secure MBI lookup tool, and check remittance advice for MBIs and save them.