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Medicare Information Technology: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Needs to Pursue a Solution for Removing Social Security Numbers from Cards
Valerie C. Melvin (au)
The health insurance claims number on Medicare beneficiariesńˇ╗ cards includes the beneficiaryńˇ╗s (or other eligible personńˇ╗s, such as a spouseńˇ╗s) Social Security number (SSN). This introduces risks to beneficiariesńˇ╗ personal information, as the number may be obtained and used to commit identity theft. Many organizations have replaced SSNs on these types of cards with alternative identifiers. However, the introduction of such a new data element into info. tech. (IT )environments can require changes to systems that process and share data. Moreover, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaidńˇ╗s (CMSńˇ╗s) IT environment consists of many aging, ńˇýstove-pipedńˇŁ systems that cannot easily share data or be enhanced. This report (1) assesses actions CMS has taken to identify and implement IT solutions for removing SSNs from Medicare cards ;and (2) determines whether CMSńˇ╗s ongoing IT modernization initiatives could facilitate SSN removal efforts. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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