HICN and MBI News

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:

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.

12/8-12 CW Down

The CROWNWeb maintenance and unavailability that was scheduled for December 8-11, 2016 has now been extended to span December 8-12, 2016.  In addition to CROWNWeb, the unavailable systems will include EQRS, QIP, REMIS, NwHIN, QARM, the QualityNet Secure Portal, Measures Engine, and Data Exchange.  Down time will run from 6pm PST on December 8 until 9pm PST on December 12.  

For additional information or assistance, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport-esrd@hcqis.org or (866) 288-8912 Monday through Friday 5am-5pm PST. 

11/1 SSN Removal Call

On November 1, 2016 CMS will hold an Open Door Forum conference call on the removal of Social Security Numbers from Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN).  HICNs will be replaced by randomly created Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) starting in 2018.  For more information see https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/mbi-replaces-hicn/ .  

The call well be held at 11am PDT, 800-837-1935, conference ID 98745631.  For TTY services, dial 800-855-2880.  CMS requests that participants dial in at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled start time.  

CMS has also advised that between now and 2018, all patients and facilities should make sure that their mailing addresses are kept current.  MBIs will be mailed to patients, and facilities will have to ask patients for their MBI.  Patient addresses in the Medicare, SSA, and CROWNWeb databases should all agree, with a correct and complete address to which the US Postal Service delivers.

12/13 CMS Public Comment Request on 2744s

CMS has filed a request on the Federal Register for public comment on the necessity, adequacy, and efficiency of their routine annual data collection using Form 2744 or Annual Facility Survey.  Find details and commenting instructions at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/14/2016-24813/agency-information-collection-activities-proposed-collection-comment-request .  Comments are due by December 13, 2016.