The new cards will have a unique, randomly assigned Medicare number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) consisting of a combination of numbers and uppercase letters totaling 11 characters.
All Medicare cards will be replaced by April 2019.
CMS makes the following recommendations and steps to prepare for the change:
1.) Verify all of your Medicare patients’ addresses. If the addresses you have on file are different than the Medicare address you get on electronic eligibility transactions, ask your patients to contact the Social Security Administration and update their records.
2.) Test your system changes and work with your billing office staff to be sure your office is ready to use the new MBI format.
3.) Make sure you can access your MAC’s secure portal.
CMS is also offering a printer friendly fact sheet, a tear-off sheet in English or Spanish, posters and other aids to help explain the steps patients and providers can take to prepare.