CMS has released a new flyer, “Get Your Medicare Card,” to help inform patients that CMS is distributing new Medicare cards. The new cards replace a beneficiary’s Social Security Number (SSN) with a unique Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). CMS has finished mailing all new cards to existing beneficiaries. Additionally, CMS continues to mail cards nationwide to people who are new to Medicare.
As a reminder, starting January 1, 2020, you must submit claims using MBIs, regardless of the date of the service. Currently, we are in a transition period that extends through December 31, 2019, during which you can use either the HICN or the MBI to exchange data with Medicare.