The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Look-up tool allows providers to use our secure eServices online portal to obtain the new MBI number when patients do not present their Medicare card. The MBI Look-up tool will only return an MBI if the new Medicare card has been mailed to avoid potential confusion if the MBI is used before the beneficiary receives their new Medicare card. Please review this article and share it with your staff.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing the new Medicare cards with the MBI in phases by geographic location. Here are three ways you and your office staff can get MBIs: ask your Medicare patients, use the MAC’s secure MBI look-up tool, and check the remittance advice. You can start using the MBIs even if the other health care providers and hospitals who also treat your patients haven’t. When the transition period ends December 31, 2019, providers must use the MBI for most transactions. This article was revised on July 11, 2018, to provide additional information regarding the format of the MBI not using letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z (page 2). All other information remains the same.
Recent improvements were implemented in the July 2018 system release. The redesign ensures that hospice election and revocation date information are separate from benefit period information, so the two types of information can be changed independently. The following reason codes have been editing incorrectly on NOEs/claims since the release: U5106, U5159, and U5173. The issues are in research. Please share with appropriate staff.
Providers are able to use their MFA codes for up to 8 hours! This allows providers to simply reuse the last valid code issued. MFA codes will expire 8 hours from the time it was requested or when a new MFA code is generated. Please share with appropriate staff.
Attention Home Health Providers! Palmetto GBA is pleased to announce our 2018 Home Health Workshop Series, Winning with Medicare. These workshops are designed for home health providers and their staff to equip them with the tools they need to be successful with Medicare billing, coverage and documentation requirements. Please review this information and share it with your staff.
Attention Hospice Providers! Palmetto GBA is pleased to announce our 2018 Hospice Workshop Series, Winning with Medicare. These workshops are designed for hospice providers and their staff to equip them with the tools they need to be successful with Medicare billing, coverage and documentation requirements. Please review this information and share it with your staff.
Palmetto GBA, the JM Hospice MAC is partnering with the Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization to present an informative two-day Hospice MACtoberfest conference in Irving, Texas, on September 13 and 14, 2018, that will provide information related to various aspects of the Medicare program. Please review this information and registration instructions and share it with your staff.
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