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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