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Doctors Ask Medicare To Lift ‘Significant Administrative Burden’ By Standardizing Rules

Physicians want the government to synchronize policies for Medicare Advantage, Medicare fee-for-service and accountable care organizations. Also, Medicare next year will start issuing cards without Social Security numbers.

Modern Healthcare: Physicians Ask The CMS To Cut Medicare Red Tape
In response to a request by the CMS to find ways to attract and retain Medicare providers, physicians want less red tape. Doctors are asking the CMS to better synchronize policies for Medicare Advantage, Medicare fee-for-service and accountable care organizations as a way to reduce their regulatory burden. (Dickson, 4/25)

CNBC: The Government Will Fix This Medicare Mistake Next April
Would-be thieves will soon have one less avenue to use to snare your Social Security number. Medicare has been the odd holdout among health insurance companies in using Social Security numbers as the basis for member IDs — and printing those identifiers right on the insurance card. That ends next year. Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the agency is required to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019. Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced plans to begin mailing replacement cards with a new "Medicare Beneficiary Identifier," or MBI, starting in April 2018. (Grant, 4/25)

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