Submit the MBI Without Hyphens or Spaces to Avoid Rejection of Your Claim

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

CMS released a revised SE18006 on June 21, 2018 “to emphasize the need to submit the MBI without hyphens or spaces to avoid rejection of your claim. All other information remains the same.”

“This Special Edition MLN Matters® Article is intended for physicians, providers, and suppliers submitting claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), including Durable Medical Equipment MACs (DME MACs) and Home Health and Hospice MACs, for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.”

Provider should review the revised MLN Matters as it contain background for the MBI as well as valuable information about billing, using the MAC’s secure MBI look-up tool, Fact Sheet and hyperlinks to other pertinent documents.

Also of note is that New Medicare Cards May Have QR Codes. CMS posted this announcement via the MLN Connects for June 21, 2018:

“New Medicare cards may have a square code, also referred to as a QR code (a type of machine-readable code). The QR codes on Medicare cards allow the contractor who prints the cards to ensure the right card goes to the right person with Medicare or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits. Providers cannot use it for any other purpose. The RRB issued cards may have a QR code on the front of the card while all other Medicare patients may get a new card with a QR code on the back of the cards. These are legitimate (official) Medicare cards.”