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CMS finalizes New Medicare Card Distribution Ahead of Deadline

Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2019 2:08 PM

CMS has completed their distribution of new Medicare cards without social security numbers on them.  The new cards were designed to protect personal identity and to reduce fraud and abuse of Medicare. 

“Safeguarding our beneficiaries’ personal information continues to be one of our top priorities,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “The Trump Administration is committed to modernizing Medicare and has expedited this process to ensure the protection of Medicare beneficiaries and taxpayer dollars from the potential for fraud and abuse due to personal information that existed on the old cards. All beneficiaries should continue to use these new cards as a valuable resource when seeking care. These new cards will not only be easier for beneficiaries but also provide the Medicare program with essential protections due to the new unique identifier on the cards.”

The transition to the new cards has been smooth as more than fifty percent of claims processed by Medicare are using the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI).

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