The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that Medicare Cards will no longer contain Social Security numbers. The new cards will use a randomly assigned “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier” (MBI) to replace the Social Security based Health Insurance Claim Number. CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards in April 2018.
Due to the prevalence of identity theft, this is a welcome change which frankly is long overdue. Let’s hope that CMS makes the transition to the MBI a smooth one.