New Medicare Cards Are Coming

Saturday, July 29, 2017

On July 27, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released notification that they renamed the project aimed at removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Up until now, CMS referred to the project as the "Social Security Number Removal Initiative" (SSNRI). The project is now titled the "New Medicare Card" project.

CMS has not updated the project timeline; the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will be on Medicare cards issued on and after April 2018. All Medicare cards will be replaced by April 2019. As indicated prior, the transition from HICN to MBI will not impact MMSEA Section 111 Reporting. The existing HICN field will simply be renamed to the Medicare Identifier field and when MBIs are returned by CMS, Examworks Clinical Solutions will pass on the number through the existing data exchange process.

Details on the New Medicare Card project can be found here.