When Will My Patients Start Receiving Their Updated Medicare Cards?

New Medicare Cards 2018

With April 1st right around the corner, Medicare will start sending beneficiaries their new Medicare cards. CMS will continue to issue the new cards in several waves over the coming months. Below is a quick overview of what states are included in each wave and a general timeline of when you can expect your patients to start showing up to your practice with their new Medicare card.

Wave 1: April – June 2018

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Wave 2: April – June 2018

Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon

Wave 3: After June 2018

Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Wave 4: After June 2018

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Wave 5: After June 2018

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

Wave 6: After June 2018

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Wave 7: After June 2018

Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virgin Islands

For additional details on this CMS update, check out our previous blog – New Medicare Cards and Numbers – Top 5 Things You Should Know.

StrataPT has systems in place to support and validate both the old and new number during the transitional period in order to prevent costly denials. We will also continue to provide our physical therapy billing customers with real time Medicare eligibility verifications for each beneficiary using both the old and new numbers.

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