Your patients’ will start to receive their new Medicare ID cards next month (April 2018). Get ready and be prepared to help eliminate confusion and hassle. 

As a reminder, recent legislation requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards to address the current risk of beneficiary medical identity theft and to replace the cards with a unique number for each Medicare beneficiary. CMS is hosting a series of webinars to address the new card design, the time frame of the mailings, scenarios and what Medicare beneficiaries should do to ensure they receive their new card.

These webinars will also provide timely information, such as the 2018 Medicare cost-sharing amounts, explain the portal where a beneficiary can access their own personal Medicare claims and information and explain the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) which determines when someone is in outpatient vs. inpatient care.

Please feel free to attend these webinars and/or promote with your staff, patients and families. CMS is looking for providers and partners to host events to view these trainings. The schedule of the webinars and registration links are below. NOTE:  Please double check your email address when registering to make sure you receive the confirmation email with details on how to access the webinar.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
2:00 – 3:00 pm (CT)

Friday, April 20, 2018
10:00 – 11:00 am (CT)

Thursday, April 26, 2018
9:300 – 10:30 am (CT)

Monday, April 30, 2018
1:30 – 2:30 pm (CT)

To learn more, visit the CMS Web site.