Friday, July 22, 2016 Anti-Identity Theft Changes to Medicare Cards Coming How might changes to Medicare card numbers affect your practice? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has some thoughts, but would like your input, too. On Wednesday, July 27, CMS will host a "listening session" to discuss its social security number removal initiative (SSNRI), a plan to end Medicare card numbers that are based on a beneficiary's social security number. The change is mandated under the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) as a way to reduce opportunities for identity theft. The session will run from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, ET, and will include a presentation on the SSNRI by CMS staff as well as a question-and-answer period. Registrants will be sent the CMS presentation in advance. Participants can register online, and are advised to call in 15 minutes before the session starts. CMS will also be accepting written comments on the SSNRI through August 3.