CMS has added information to their web page for providers on the New Medicare Card (NMC) project to remove Social Security numbers and replace them with generic Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI) starting April 2018. Among other things, the new information includes:
- The recommendation that providers sign up with your Medicare Administrative Contractor’s portal now, in order to test your processes before April 2018; see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/Providers/MACs-Provider-Portals-by-State.pdf for a list or portals and links.
- New posters and handouts in English and Spanish that you can use to remind patients of what they will need to be aware of, and do, as the NMC conversion proceeds.
- What to do if you treat Railroad Retirement Board beneficiaries.
- Links to past Open Door Forums and their accompanying educational materials.
The NMC Providers page with complete information can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/Providers/Providers.html .