The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun issuing new Medicare cards to Wisconsin residents.
As part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, CMS must 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.
CMS began rolling out the new cards in April. Wisconsin is part of the third and final wave, which also includes Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
Additional information about the new Medicare card and its impact on providers is available on the CMS website. The American Medical Association also has information on preparing practices for the new Medicare card, including a recording of a webinar with CMS from February, available here.
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