Beware of New Medicare Card Scams

As we all know, Medicare had a transition to new cards using MBIs rather than social security numbers. Although this was done to help protect against identity theft, scammers have developed new ways to take advantage and steal your information. We, at MPS, would like to make you aware of this problem so you can help your patients avoid any fraudulent claims. The Scam In the past weeks, Medicare patients have sent in complaints about telephone solicitors. These callers are phishing for private identification information that they can use to steal your money or your identity. These scammers will pretend... read more

Use Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs): Claim Reject Codes Beginning January 1

As you all know, there was a transition in new Medicare cards where CMS replaced the SSN-based HICN with Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). We, at MPS, would like to encourage all practices to use MBIs for all Medicare transactions. Not only will it get you paid, but it will protect your patient’s identities. According to CMS, failing to use MIBs on claims will result in: Electronic claims reject codes: Category Code of A7 (acknowledgment rejected for invalid information), a Claims Status Code of 164 (entity’s contract/member number), and an Entity Code of IL (subscriber) Paper claims notices: Claim... read more