MHA Monday Report April 10, 2017

Posted on April 10, 2017

Web Resources Available for Transition to Medicare Beneficiary Identifier

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated its webpage to assist healthcare providers in preparing for the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), which will replace the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) that is based on Social Security numbers. The MBI will be used with Medicare transactions such as billing, eligibility status and claim status by April 2019.

The CMS expects to have a transition period beginning on or after April 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2019, during which time providers can use either the HICN or the MBI to exchange data with the CMS. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 requires the CMS to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019 to reduce the risk of identity theft. The CMS will provide state Medicaid agencies and supplemental insurers with the MBIs for Medicaid-eligible individuals who also have Medicare before mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries, which is expected to occur in April 2018.

The MHA encourages hospitals and other providers to evaluate their data management systems and business processes to determine what changes are needed to use the MBI and to work with their business associates to ensure they are prepared for this change. Members with questions should contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.


  • MHA Monday Report April 10, 2017

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