RCM tip of the day: Prepare for CMS' new Medicare cards

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CMS is slated to start mailing new Medicare ID cards to beneficiaries in April as part of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act requirements to replace Social Security numbers with Medicare beneficiary identifiers. As healthcare providers prepare for the change, there are various issues to keep in mind, according to Dale Gentz, network executive with The Halley Consulting Group.

Mr. Gentz shared the following tip with Becker's Hospital Review.

"Two key actions need to be taken by your practice: prepare your front desk staff to collect this information from your patients and verify that your practice management system is able to accept the new information and use it to bill your claims."

More details about the new Medicare cards are available here.

If you would like to share your RCM best practices, please email Kelly Gooch at kgooch@beckershealthcare.com to be featured in the "RCM tip of the day" series. 

 

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