In 2018, Medicare will replace all patient ID Cards
Medicare is preparing to stop using Social Security numbers as the basis for identification next year, and will send new Medicare Beneficiary ID’s (MBI Cards) to people with Medicare ID numbers. CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) both on the cards and in various CMS systems we use now. Medicare will mail new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR NEW MEDICARE CARD
- No need to take any action to get your new Medicare card unless you need to update your address by calling 1-800-772-1213
- The new card won’t change your Medicare coverage or benefits.
- Medicare will never ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
- There’s no charge for your new card.
WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS
Scam artists may try to get current Medicare Numbers and other personal information by contacting you about their new Medicare card. Medicare WILL NOT call you. They often claim to be from Medicare and use various scams to get the Medicare Number including:
- Asking to confirm the Medicare or Social Security Number so they can mail a new card.
- Telling you there’s a charge for your new card and they need to verify your personal information.
- Threatening to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your Medicare Number or other personal information.
If someone calls and asks for your Medicare Number or personal information, immediately hang up and call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
The “Let’s Talk” CKD class is an introduction to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). You will learn about the kidneys and Chronic Kidney Disease. The class covers the kidney’s “jobs”, the stages of kidney disease, how to understand your lab reports; anemia, phosphorous, potassium and calcium; and how they impact the health of your kidneys. The class reviews ways to slow down the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease, including medication and diet. You will also be introduced to all the treatment options for Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease including transplant, home dialysis and in-center dialysis. The class is two hours long, meets one time, and is available to patients and their significant others. The class is free and you do not have to be a Henry Ford patient to attend. Please call Victoria at 248.642.5038 for class times and to register.
This year’s Kidney Walk took place on May 21st. The Zoo was bursting with fun activities, smiling team members, and a community coming together that even a few raindrops couldn’t keep away. The picnic grove area was certainly a site to see. Children were getting their faces painted, team members were dancing the cool morning away, and the zoo animals were waiting to make their grand appearances after the Walk began. Greenfield was out in numbers and for those of you who made it out that day, thank you and we hope you enjoyed yourself. For everyone who has donated, participated, and took charge and held a fundraiser, thank you. This day was a success because of you, your talents, and generosity. We are patiently waiting for grand totals to come in and will share those once we receive them. From what we know now, the numbers are not going to disappoint. Here is a brief glimpse at what took place this year at the Zoo…
On March 9, we celebrated World Kidney Day with a festive celebration at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Many different teams came together to make this a day that wouldn’t be forgotten. Information was displayed and members from GHS, the division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Transplant, HAP, and the National Kidney Foundation were available for questions from hospital staff and visitors. In honor of this years theme, Kidney Disease and Obesity, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Zumba demonstrations were given by trained instructors who got the crowd moving and on their feet. Dr. Yee gave a presentation on kidney disease to coincide with this special day. A special thanks to Dr. Soman, Dr. Yee, and all of the supporting team members who helped make this a successful day of learning and fun.
This year’s Symposium, People, Connections, and Value took place on November 9th and 10th at the lovely Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth. We had the privilege of welcoming many remarkable speakers up to the podium. Interesting topics and stories were shared, which included new trends in CKD Mineral and Bone Disorder, the culture of safety, and the brave new world of pay for value. Home patients, Thomas Holmes and Bishop Vann and his wife and care partner Sheila shared their heartfelt stories and perspectives and answered many questions from the audience, which had them both in smiles and tears. The laughter from the photo booth was contagious and the day was a beautiful display of GHS and the renal community as a whole. GHS is very pleased to hold this event year after year to provide a unique educational and enjoyable experience to all that attend. We hope that everyone who partook in this event has gained something from it. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Symposium one of the best!