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CMS Issues Update on New Medicare Patient Identification Cards

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided an update on its issuance of new Medicare Patient Identification Cards scheduled to begin April 1, 2018.  You can read the CMS update below.


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Special Edition – Friday, January 26, 2018


In this Edition:

Therapy Cap Claims Rolling Hold

CMS is immediately releasing for processing held therapy claims with the KX modifier with dates of receipt beginning January 1-10; CMS will also implement a “rolling hold” to minimize impact if legislation to extend the outpatient therapy caps exceptions process is enacted.

New Medicare Card: Web Updates

To help you prepare for the transition to the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) on Medicare cards beginning April 1, 2018, review the new information about remittance advices.

Beginning in October 2018, through the transition period, when providers submit a claim using a patient’s valid and active Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), CMS will return both the HICN and the MBI on every remittance advice. Here are examples of different remittance advices:

Find more new information on the New Medicare Card provider webpage.

New Medicare Card: When Will My Medicare Patients Receive Their Cards?

Starting April 2018, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare on a flow basis, based on geographic location and other factors. Learn more about the Mailing Strategy. Also starting April 2018, your patients will be able to check the status of card mailings in their area on

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