Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI): Transitioning to the New Medicare Card Successfully and Avoiding Costly Denials

Duration: 60 Minutes
Medicare has removed social security numbers from their ID cards, and implemented an 11-character alpha numeric Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). 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. This means that your entire system of communicating and getting paid by Medicare is about to change.
Transition to the New Medicare Cards
Product ID: 505079
Objectives of the Presentation
  • Identifying the new cards
  • Understanding the transition phase
  • How to prepare your office for the transition
  • What you need to know to get ready for the new MBI
  • How will the transition phase effect your office
  • How to file claims during and after the transition period
Why Should you Attend
Is your organization ready for the transition to the new Medicare cards? The issuing of new cards and MBIs (Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers) requires all practices to prepare and adjust their workflows and technology systems to ensure they are prepared for this major information change in order to avoid payment delays. You'll want to make sure that your organization understands the upcoming changes and can implement a plan for the transition.

In this webinar, our Coding and Billing Expert Michael Reynolds, CPC, CCP-P, CPMB, CBCS, OS, will walk you through how to avoid the most common errors related to Medicare's new cards, and how to keep your reimbursement flowing.

Areas Covered
  • CMS Updates about the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI)
  • Changes for the newly designed Medicare Card
  • What providers should do now to be ready:
    • Master how to read the new Medicare cards to avoid denied claims
    • Updating your payments processing system to avoid putting payments on hold
    • Educating Front desk team to handle questions from patients
  • Medicare's MBI look up tool - How to use it to get accurate information
  • Determine what information you should keep on your patients to avoid a breach
  • Ensure all your relevant systems have been updated to continue to get paid for your Medicare claims
  • How to execute a Patient verification Process
  • How to avoid electronic health record software pitfalls
  • Navigating the transition period
Who will Benefit
  • Private Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Physician assistant
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Office managers
  • Health IT professionals
  • Quality assurance officers
  • Clinical staff members
  • Clinical management and practice administrators
  • Physician practice office managers
  • Auditors
  • Office administrators
  • Hospital executives that manage outpatient clinics
  • Healthcare compliance specialists
  • Coding professionals
  • Outpatient Clinic Managers/Directors/ Hospital Administrators/CFO's/ MD's
  • Any organization that participates Medicare, CFO, Administrators, CEO's, Department Heads for Bookkeeping and billing departments
  • Any Participant in the Medicare Programs : Hospitals /Skilled Nursing Facilities/ Physician's offices/Outpatient Clinics
  • Ancillary service providers
Topic Background
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 prohibits the inclusion of Social Security numbers (SSN) on Medicare identification cards. This change is intended to protect the integrity of the Medicare program and is applicable to original Medicare as well as Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplemental business. A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards for Medicare transactions such as billing, eligibility status, and claim status. CMS considers the new MBI confidential, and it should be protected as personally identifiable information (PII).

Beginning in April 2018, CMS will send the new Medicare cards with the MBI to all Medicare beneficiaries. There is a transition period where you can use either the HICN or the MBI to exchange data with them. The transition period will begin no earlier than April 1, 2018 and run through December 31, 2019.
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Instructor Profile:
Michael A. Reynolds, CPC, CCP-P, CPMB, CBCS, OS, OS has over 26 years' experience in the Health Care field with expertise in areas such as Health Care Management, Medical Billing and Collections, Medical Coding, Medical Reimbursement, Managed Care Claims Processing and Appeals, Customer Service Rep., Premium Service Rep., Health Care Compliance management, Medical Coding and Billing Instructor. Michael has served as the 2005, 2008 and 2011 President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders, and a Board Member for National Health Career Association from 2008-2017. Michael is a current Member of the American Academy of Professional Coders, member of the Professional Medical Billers Association and the board of medical specialty coding. Michael currently teaches both medical billing and coding and electronic health records at San Diego state university, the owner of Pitt & Reynolds Medical Coding and Consulting and the current Coding and Compliance Manager for a Pain Management Clinic.
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