A Medicare card is issued to every person who is entitled to Medicare benefits and may be identified by its red, white and blue coloring. (See also Railroad Medicare)
This card identifies the Medicare patient and includes the following information:
• Medicare Number (a randomized alphanumeric number – Medicare cards that bear the patient’s social security number are obsolete and no longer valid.)
• Beginning date of Medicare entitlement for hospital and/or medical insurance (chiropractic is covered under Part B)
Three of the top five reasons for claim rejection are:
- The last name submitted for the patient does not match the last name on record for the Medicare number on the claim. The patient’s last name must include apostrophes, spaces, hyphens, etc., if they appear in the patient’s last name on his Medicare card.
- The first name submitted for the patient does not match the first name on record for the Medicare number on the claim. The patient’s first name must appear as it does on the patient’s Medicare card. This includes spaces, hyphens, apostrophes, etc.
- The Medicare number does not match the name. The patient’s Medicare Number must appear on the claim exactly as it does on the patient’s card, without hyphens and without spaces.
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