Did railroad Medicare get new cards?

Last July, the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) mailed approximately 450,000 new Railroad Medicare cards with new Medicare Numbers. The new Medicare Numbers, which are unique to each person with Railroad Medicare and do not contain Social Security Number (SSNs), replace the former Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs).

Is railroad Medicare the same as Medicare?

A: This can easily happen as the two Medicare cards are very similar. A: The only difference is that retired railroad beneficiaries have their Part B benefits administered by the Palmetto GBA Railroad Retirement Board Specialty Medicare Administrative Contractor (RRB SMAC) regardless of where they live.

How do I get railroad Medicare credentials?

The first step in becoming a Railroad Medicare provider is to request and receive a Railroad Medicare Provider Transaction Access Number (PTAN)….Enroll a Provider

  1. Step 1: Ensure your Part B MAC enrollment information is correct.
  2. Step 2: Request a Railroad Medicare PTAN.
  3. Step 3: Receive your Railroad Medicare PTAN.

What is a Medicare MBI number?

A new randomly generated Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the -based Health Insurance Claim Number on new Medicare cards for transactions like billing, eligibility status, and claim status.

What is the Medicare beneficiary identifier?

Every person with Medicare has been assigned an MBI. The MBI is confidential like the SSN and should be protected as Personally Identifiable Information. You MUST submit claims using MBIs, no matter what date you performed the service, with a few exceptions.

Is Railroad Retirement better than Social Security?

Employers and employees covered by the Railroad Retirement Act pay higher retirement taxes than those covered by the Social Security Act. As a result, railroad retirement benefits are higher than social security benefits, especially for “career” employees (those employees who have 30 or more years of service).

How do you bill Railroad Medicare electronically?

To start electronic billing, please visit the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) portion of our website at www.PalmettoGBA.com/rr and download our Railroad Medicare EDI Enrollment Packet. Electronic Remittances can be requested by selecting the appropriate box on the Railroad Medicare Part B EDI application.

Does Railroad Medicare have a provider portal?

Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare is pleased to offer eServices, our free Internet-based, provider self-service portal. The application provides information access over the Web for the following online services: Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) Lookup. Claims Status.

How do I get Medicare MBI?

There are 3 ways you and your office staff can get MBIs:

  1. Ask your Medicare patients. Ask your Medicare patients for their Medicare cards when they come for care.
  2. Use your MAC’s secure MBI look-up tool. You can look up MBIs for your Medicare patients when they don’t or can’t give them.
  3. Check the remittance advice.

What is a railroad Medicare number?

Most UPREHS Medicare members receive their Medicare benefits through the Railroad Retirement Board under Railroad Medicare. You can call your local Railroad Retirement Board office or 1-800- 808-0772 (calls to this number are free). The TTY number is 312-751-4701 (special telephone equipment required).

What is the address for railroad Medicare?

The address is: Railroad Medicare Part B, P.O. Box 10066, Augusta, GA 30999. Be sure that claims for Medicare Part B are filed with Palmetto GBA and not the regular Medicare carrier serving the area in which you live.

How do I apply for my Medicare card?

Applying for a Medicare card. You can manually enroll in Medicare Part A and/or Medicare Part B in the following ways: Online through the Social Security website. By calling Social Security toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday, from 7AM to 7PM.

What is Medicare railroad insurance?

Railroad Medicare is the name given to individuals receiving benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), whose benefits are designed for workers and family’s under the auspices of the Railroad Retirement and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Acts. Benefits are offered to individuals who have worked 10 or more years of railroad service.