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AMA webinar aims to help practices prep for new Medicare card

The American Medical Association (AMA) is sponsoring a free webinar on February 21 at 2 p.m. about the new Medicare card and how it will impact physician practices’ workflows. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin issuing the cards in April, and physician offices must be prepared to accept the new Medicare identification number at that time.

As part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, CMS is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSN) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number currently used on Medicare cards. This change is intended to fight medical identity theft and to protect private health care and financial information as well as federal health care benefit and service payments.

The AMA-sponsored webinar will include time for Q & A with CMS staff and will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. Click here to register.

Additional information about the new Medicare card and its impact on providers is available on the CMS website.

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