Palmetto GBA E-mail Update: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What is the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI)?
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, requires that Social Security Numbers (SSNs) be removed 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.

Applies to:

  • JM Home Health and Hospice//General
  • JM Part A//General
  • JM Part B//General
  • Railroad Medicare (RRB)//General – Railroad Medicare

Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI)
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requires CMS to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new randomly generated Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number on new Medicare cards for transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.

Applies to:

  • Railroad Medicare (RRB)//General – Railroad Medicare
  • JM Home Health and Hospice//General
  • JM Part A//General
  • JM Part B//General

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