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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 beneficiariesäó» cards includes the beneficiaryäó»s (or other eligible personäó»s, such as a spouseäó»s) Social Security number (SSN). This introduces risks to beneficiariesäó» 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 Medicaidäó»s (CMSäó»s) IT environment consists of many aging, äóìstove-pipedäó 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 CMSäó»s ongoing IT modernization initiatives could facilitate SSN removal efforts. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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