What is the letter following a Medicare number for?
It usually means that the person did not qualify for Medicare benefits themselves by paying into the system for 40 quarters. Ex. Wife stayed home raising kids, and her husband worked for years. When she turns 65, she will qualify under her husband, and her medicare ID # will be her husband's social security # with the letter B following. The husband will have his social# with the letter A following.
Your Medicare number is located on your red, white and blue Medicare card. It is usually a person's nine-digit social security number. That is why it is important to keep it secure. Sometimes the number is not a person's social security number. It will depend on how that person met eligibility for Medicare, but most often, it is a person's social security number.
If the actual medicare number ends in D or W, this does not mean part D or part W...it means deceased or Widowed. Many women who did not work outside of the home were assigned a medicare number that was the same as their spouse, only it ended it B (the spouse ended in A and it was his social security number plus A). When the spouse died they were issued a new card, and…
You can apply for Medicare 3 months prior to your 65th birthday, the month of your birthday, and 3 months following your 65th birthday. Check out this page for information on Medicare: http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/10050.pdf You should also know that the 2011 Medicare open enrollment dates are quite a bit different than in 2010. (This is the period when you can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage and vice versa ... or switch between Medicare Advantage…
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Because you are receiving benefits as a survivor under your deceased spouse. So your medicare card would have your deceased spouse's social security number with the addition of one or two alphanumeric characters after it, such as DC, where D stands for deceased. Although it is your spouse's social security number, in the case of medicare, it is not a social security number, but rather, an identifying number.
How does our acupuncture office get a Medicare denial letter saying that Medicare doesn't pay for acupuncture?
You are correct that Medicare does not cover Acupuncture at this time, and that a "For Denial Purposes Only" letter must be obtained and sent to the secondary insurance carrier as long as the secondary carrier covers Acupuncture performed by a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state where services have been provided.