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October 4, 2016

Social Security Number Removal Initiative

What do you need to do to get ready?

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015External Website (MACRA) requires CMS to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new randomly generated Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number on new Medicare cards for transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status. Prepare for this change by visiting the new overviewExternal Website and providerExternal Website webpages, which include:

  • Transition period
  • Characteristics of the MBI
  • How to obtain the MBI

It’s time to look at your practice management systems and business processes and determine what changes you need to make to use the new MBI.


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