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The MBI Transition is Ending

Medicare will No Longer Accept the HICN

The Social Security Number (SSN)-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) has traditionally been used as the beneficiary identifier for administering the Medicare program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses the HICN with multiple parties, such as Social Security Administration (SSA), Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), States, Medicare providers, Medicare plans, and others.

There has been increased concern regarding medical identity theft due to the fact that the HICN is included on the paper Medicare beneficiary identification card. This concern culminated in the inclusion of a provision in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requiring the removal of the HICN from Medicare beneficiary ID cards. The HICN has been replaced with the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). All new cards containing MBI numbers have been mailed to beneficiaries as of April 1, 2019, and moving-forward, all 2020 Medicare Enrollment Submissions must utilize the MBI on applications.

Questions on submitting business with the MBI Number? Check out our article Understanding the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI).


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