New Medicare Cards: What Practices Need to Know

Remittance Advices

To help you prepare for the transition to the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) on Medicare cards beginning April 1, 2018, review the new information about remittance advices.

Beginning in October 2018, through the transition period, when providers submit a claim using a patient’s valid and active Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), CMS will return both the HICN and the MBI on every remittance advice. Here are examples of different remittance advices:

Find more new information on the New Medicare Card provider webpage.

When Will My Medicare Patients Receive Their Cards?

Starting in April 2018, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards on a flow basis, based on geographic location and other factors. Patients will also be able to check the status of card mailings in their area on

For more information: