CMS continues to successfully mail newly-designed Medicare cards with the New Medicare Number and we are excited to share important progress updates with you.
As of August 31, they mailed nearly 35 million cards and continue to mail more every day, processing claims and eligibility requests with the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), showing that providers are successfully using the new number. They started mailing new cards to persons with Medicare in Wave 6 states this week and finished mailing cards to persons in 4 states. Because card mailing is progressing so well, they updated the mailing schedule to include an approximate start date for the last wave, and are on track to finish mailing new cards to all persons with Medicare before April 2019.
With their focus on fraud and protecting identities of persons with Medicare, they are continuously adjusting and improving their mailing strategy to make sure new cards are being mailed to accurate addresses and using the highest levels of fraud protection throughout the mailing (as below):
If you know of Medicare patients who did not get a card after their mailing wave ends, ask them to:
Medicare patients should continue to protect their new number to prevent medical identity theft and health care fraud and have launched a national fraud prevention campaign this month before Medicare Open Enrollment.
From the Medicare Learning Network, MLN Connects, and MLN Matters
trademarks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
CMS Medicare Learning Network.
I Have worn many hats in my day: Nursing Home Assistant Admin and Activities Director, Assisted Living Admin, Case Management for the State-wide Medicaid Program, and Trainer for Dept of Elder Affairs.