What’s the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI) and how will it affect my patient admission booklet?

In April 2018, CMS will be issuing new cards for Medicare beneficiaries.  This will only affect MedForms agencies who have a copy of the Medicare card in their booklet for clinicians to fill in for verification purposes and will impact agencies and billing.  To prevent and combat fraud and identity theft, CMS is removing the SSN from the cards and replacing with a MBI 11-character ID.

Below is an overview and links to more information:

“The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires us to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status. You can find more details in our 5/30/17 press release and latest Open Door Forum slides (6/8/17).”

Below contains widgets that CMS has issued for organizations to attach to their websites:

“CMS is committed to a successful transition to the new Medicare card number for people with Medicare and for the health care provider community.  Stay up-to-date with the latest information by attaching one of these widgets (buttons) to your website, and share with members of your organization.  Clicking on the widget will link you to the cms.gov SSNRI home page.  If you’d like to use our widgets, be sure that wherever you’re using them accepts rich text format. Then, follow the steps described on the cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI website.   Having the widget will give you the shortcut to the latest posts on the SSNRI page.”

Source: https://www.cms.gov 

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