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New Medicare Card Announcement

Univera Healthcare wants to remind you about the arrival of new Medicare cards, which will start to mail in April 2018.

The new Medicare cards will have Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) instead of Social Security Numbers to help protect the identities of people with Medicare coverage. Medicare benefits will not change with the new numbers.

Our members who have Medicare Advantage coverage must present their Excellus BCBS Member Card when receiving services.

What Do You Need to Do to Be Ready?

  • Be sure that your practice systems and processes are ready to accept the new card MBIs
  • If you use a vendor to bill Medicare, notify them of the upcoming change
  • Consider automatically accepting the new MBI from the remittance advice (835) transaction

For more information about the new Medicare card, please visit the CMS website at

If you’re having any problems implementing the new Medicare cards, you may contact the Provider Ombudsman, Dr. Eugene Freund at

Sample Card: 

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