Last Updated on by
To improve security and comply with the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, declared its intention to begin issuing Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers on Medicare cards.
What are Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers
The Social Security Number Removal Initiative, or SSNRI, minimizes the burdens that the transition places on beneficiaries and care providers. For instance, it will generate and assign some 150 million unique MBIs for new beneficiaries and individuals who have been compromised by identity theft.
It also plans on creating Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers for archived records and those associated with deceased individuals.
Although the Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers format shares the HICN’s 11-character standard, CMS intends for it to be easily distinguishable from the old identifiers and easy to read.
All MBIs will include alphabetic characters at the same positions and exclude individual letters that might be confusable with numbers.
For caregivers, patients, and others who rely on accurate information, the transition should be relatively easy to manage because the MBIs will occupy the same spaces formerly reserved for HICNs within paperwork and health records.
How to Use Your Medicare Card
Whenever you visit your doctor or a healthcare facility for the first time, you need to carry your card. However, once you’ve become a regular client, the facility may make a copy and keep in their records.
Here are some essential factors to consider when handling your Medicare card:
- Some doctors, pharmacies, labs, or other healthcare facilities may insist on you carrying your card every time you visit the facility. However, if they can accept copies, consider keeping the original at home.
- If you happen to lose your card and get a replacement, make sure you submit a copy of the new card to your doctor for records.
- Never share your ID number or the card itself with anybody apart from your doctor or your healthcare provider.
- Always have your card at hand whenever you make a call to Medicare for queries.
- If you suspect that someone has used your card, contact the Federal Trade Commission for ID theft or your local authorities.
How Do I Get a Medicare Replacement Card?
How to Change the Address on your Medicare Card?
Medicare uses the names and addresses from registering to Social Security. To change your address, log into your social security account, and edit it online. Your ID card is the most critical form of identification you should carry at all times. You must present your card to receive any services covered by Medicare.
Do I Get a Medicare Card for Part C or Part D?
Since private insurance firms offer Part C and Part D, you’ll be issued a separate card from the insurance company. It’s different from the white, red, and blue ID card. It will mainly contain the name of the insurance provider and plan type. In case your Medicare Advantage coverage contains Part D, you’ll need just one card for all your prescription drugs and medical needs.