Billers – 50 Days Out: Are You Using the MBI on Your Medicare Claims?

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

Just a few minutes ago, I received this MLN Connects Special Edition – Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in my inbox.  Claims Reject caught my attention.

Subject: HICN Claims Reject

“We are 50 days out from the end of the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) transition period. Use the MBI on Medicare claims and other transactions now. Starting January 1, regardless of the date of service:

  • We will reject claims submitted with Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) with a few exceptions
  • We will reject all eligibility transactions submitted with HICNs

See the MLN Matters Article to learn how to get and use MBIs.”

Sharon Hamilton (Briggs’ Home Care Consultant) and I have both blogged on the need to start using the MBI now so that you don’t have to deal with claim rejections starting January 1, 2020.  Check out additional these blogs for more information:

Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI)

Providers beware, don’t let your claims be rejected!

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

New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier – Get It, Use It

The clock is ticking.  It won’t be long until the calendar turns over to January 1st!