Tag Archives: Medicare

Transitioning from SSNs to New Medicare Identifier Numbers and Cards

New identifier numbers released to Medicare recipients

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has removed Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards. Previously, each Medicaid recipient had a Social Security Number (SSN)-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN). New Medicare identifier numbers replace the previous SSN-based numbers. Since April 2019, each Medicare member has been issued a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier […]

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Patagonia Health Ready for New Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers

Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers are Changing

Medicare Identification Numbers for beneficiaries will be changing! Beginning April, 2018 Medicare will not be using the beneficiary Social Security Numbers as part of the identification numbers for medical claims. The new MBI (Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers) will be an 11 digit alpha-numeric ID. Medicare will be mailing new cards to the beneficiary addresses they have […]

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Clinicians soon to be rewarded for providing quality patient care with new Medicare Payment System (MACRA)


With efforts of providing clinicians the tools and flexibility to provide high-quality, patient-centered care, the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) recently finalized and published a new payment system for Medicare clinicians, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  This new system was designed with input from thousands of clinicians and […]

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Understanding Medicare Incident-To Billing for Public Health

Incident-to Billing

With shrinking budgets, it is important that local health departments focus on maximizing revenues. Billing is complex and confusing. Inappropriate billing is costing local health departments a lot of lost revenue.   One important concept to understand is incident-to billing. “Incident-to” services are defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as those […]

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