Date: February 15, 2018
Purpose: The following notification is to inform our Medicare Health Plan clients that HealthAxis Group is following CMS protocols and will be fully compliant with the project to receive & store the new MBI number that will be assigned to Medicare members.
CMS Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI)
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 mandates the removal of the Social Security Number (SSN)-based HICN from Medicare cards to address current risk of beneficiary medical identity theft. Therefore, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new, unique Medicare Number will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on each new Medicare card. Starting April 2018, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare on a flow basis by geographic location and other factors.
At this time, HealthAxis Group is following CMS protocols and will be in full compliance with this initiative. We expect internal QA testing to be complete by mid-March and UAT testing complete by the end of March 2018. You can find more information about this transition on the CMS website.
We encourage our current clients to reach out to their Account Manager if you have any additional questions.
About HealthAxis Group, LLC
Through its affiliated companies, HealthAxis Group provides outstanding information technology and service solutions that help payers and providers work more efficiently and collaborate to deliver better health with improved efficiency and lower costs. HealthAxis Group helps healthcare organizations address compliance; improve administrative efficiency; lower cost, and improve quality and delivery of care. Payer solutions include benefits administration platforms, web portals, network & application management, consulting, BPO, and transaction services. Provider offerings include practice management solutions, electronic medical records, and technology services that help providers operate more efficiently and effectively.
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