Ask Your Medicare Patients for Their New ID Cards
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began mailing new Medicare ID cards to beneficiaries in April. Here’s what you need to know:
  • The new cards are for original Medicare plans and do not apply to Medicare Advantage plans.
  • They do not include Social Security numbers (SSNs).
  • Cards will have a new Medicare beneficiary identifier (MBI) that replaces the SSN-based health insurance claim numbers (HICNs) used for Medicare transactions, such as billing and claim status.
  • Treat the new MBI like personal health information.

Learn more about what the new Medicare cards means for you.