TMA, Other Healthcare Groups Concerned About Medicare Card Change

May 22, 2017

TMA has signed on to a letter to the administrator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services laying out concerns about planned changes to Medicare cards.

TMA is one of 90 healthcare organizations across the country that have signed on to a letter laying out concerns about a plan to remove Social Security Numbers from Medicare card and replace existing Health Insurance Claim Numbers on the cards with new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers. HICNs are based on an individual’s Social Security Number while MBI’s won’t be connected to Social Security Numbers.

Rollout of the new cards will begin in 2018.

TMA and others are concerned that there are no plans for a contingency system for medical practices to obtain an MBI for a patient the patient does not bring his or her new card, and that a lack of planned communication with both Medicare beneficiaries and providers will create confusion.

TMA believes that CMS should adjust the planned implementation process.