New MBI in CHAMPS as of October 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new, unique Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Number is replacing the Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on each new Medicare card. CMS began mailing new Medicare Cards to people with Medicare in the state of Michigan on October 1, 2018.

As of October 1, 2018, physicians and other healthcare professionals may begin to see the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) in CHAMPS member eligibility screens. The MBI will also display in the 270/271 eligibility response if the beneficiary has an MBI on file in CHAMPS.

Click here for information to help you prepare to receive the MBI.