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New Medicare Card: MBI on Remittance Advice October 1

Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2018

For Remittance Advices generated after October 1 through the end of the transition period, CMS will return both the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) and Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) when you submit a claim with a valid and active HICN. We will report the MBI in the same place you get the “changed HICN” today. You can also get the MBI by asking your patients for their new Medicare card or using your Medicare Administrative Contractor’s MBI look up tool through their portal; sign up if you do not have access.

To ensure your Medicare patients continue to get care, you can use either the HICN or MBI for all Medicare transactions through December 31, 2019.