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Medicare Begins Sending Next Wave of New Cards

Friday, June 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
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Baltimore, MD - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are sending new Medicare cards to beneficiaries in seven additional states and territories bringing the agency's distribution to 13 states total. Residents of Alaska, American Samoa, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Maryland, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia are now receiving new Medicare Cards in the mail.

Why it matters: The new Medicare cards contain a new Medicare identifier composed of a unique set of numbers and letters that will replace the Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) that is currently used to process beneficiary claims. Providers may use either the new Medicare Beneficiary ID or the HICN through December 31, 2019. Beginning January 1, 2020, providers must use only the new Medicare Beneficiary ID when submitting Medicare claims.

CMS' New Medicare Card

When will my state be affected?: Medicare is releasing these cards on a flow basis. Review the chart below for your state to see when you can expect to see patients with the new Medicare card.

What will I need to do?: First, you can direct patients to for information about the new Medicare cards. Second, review your practice management systems and business processes to determine what changes you need to make to accommodate the new identifiers. Third, speak with your vendors for billing Medicare and make sure they are prepared for the transition.

For more information, see Medicare's website for healthcare providers.

You may also look up a Medicare beneficiary's ID number on your Medicare Administrative Contractor's provider portal.

New Medicare Card Mailing Flows

Wave  States Included Cards Mailing
Newly Eligible People with Medicare All - Nationwide April 2018 - Ongoing
1 Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia Beginning May 2018
2 Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon Beginning May 2018
3 Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin After June 2018
4 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont After June 2018
5 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina After June 2018
6 Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming After June 2018
7 Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virgin Islands After June 2018


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