CMS is encouraging providers to use the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) for all Medicare transactions. According to CMS, for the week ending March 1, providers submitted 67% of fee-for-service claims with the MBI. Below are 3 ways to obtain the MBI:
- Ask your patient for their card. If your Medicare patients say they did not get a card, instruct them to call 1-800-MEDICARE to obtain a new card.
- Use your Medicare Administrative Contractor’s look up tool. Sign up for the Portal to use the tool.
- Check the remittance advice. CMS returns the MBI on the remittance advice for every claim with a valid and active Health Insurance Claim Number.
If you need additional assistance, please contact Jillian Winans, regulatory affairs specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-591-2220.