CMS has announced several new resources to help facilities prepare for the conversion from Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI), in order to remove Social Security Numbers from Medicare identifiers. The conversion is called the Social Security Number Removal Initiative or SSNRI. The resources include:
- The SSNRI home page – https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI/Index.html
- SSNRI implications for providers – https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI/Providers/Providers.html
- Information on the Transition Period – https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI/Index.html#target
Beginning in April 2018, CMS will start sending new MBI Medicare cards to all beneficiaries. It is recommended that facilities begin using the new Identifiers as soon as possible. A transition period, where providers can use either HICN or MBI to exchange data with CMS, will begin no earlier than April 1, 2018, and run through December 31, 2019.