Save the Date — International Christian Science Nursing Days

International Christian Science Nursing Days is coming on September 29 & 30, 2018. No matter where you live, please save the date for the worldwide events. The International Christian Science Nursing Days were organized by the members of the Association of Organizations for Christian Science Nursing (AOCSN). The purpose is to bring focus to Christian […]

International Christian Science Nursing Days is coming on September 29 & 30, 2018. No matter where you live, please save the date for the worldwide events.

The International Christian Science Nursing Days were organized by the members of the Association of Organizations for Christian Science Nursing (AOCSN). The purpose is to bring focus to Christian Science nursing and its healing ministry by holding events for two days around the globe. Each organization’s presentations will be unique to their region and their facility or service.

Each Christian Science nursing facility and organization will have an event on one or both of these days. There will be many formats for these events depending on the organization:

  • Open houses 
  • Combining the Christian Science Nursing Days with Annual Meetings
  • Workshops
  • Panel discussions
  • Luncheons with presentations
  • Events and presentations held at local branch churches

For those who do not have a facility close by, there will be live-streaming of some of the events.

If you do not have a Christian Science nursing organization near you, and you are interested in a presentation, and think there would be others interested, please let us know. There is a group working on providing speakers for those areas with no facilities.

In the next few weeks there will be more information on this worldwide event, including a website with information for your area. We will also be adding information to the BA’s website about our own events. Watch for advertisements for the events in the Christian Science Sentinel, Facebook, csdirectory.com, and csnnetwork.org.

Why you are getting a new Medicare card, and what you need to know about it

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards. Their aim is to help combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. Starting April 2018, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards that include a new Medicare Number. The mailings will be staggered […]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards. Their aim is to help combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. Starting April 2018, CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards that include a new Medicare Number. The mailings will be staggered throughout the year, with completion expected by April 2019.

The change will help protect your identity by removing Social Security Numbers and replacing them with a number that is unique to you on the new card. The unique number is called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). The MBI will be comprised of 11 characters, and made up of numbers and uppercase letters.

To Prepare

  • Make sure your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be corrected, contact Social Security at ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213.
  • Medicare will be mailing new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019. Mailing everyone a new card will take some time. Your card might arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.
  • Once you get your new card, destroy your old card and start using your new card right away
  • Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card, asking for you BMI, other personal information, or any kind of fee. Medicare will never ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare number and card.

Good to Know

  • Providers (such as Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association) and people with Medicare will both be able to use secure look-up options that will support quick access to Medicare numbers when they need them.
  • The new Medicare numbers won’t change your Medicare benefits.
  • People with Medicare may start using their new Medicare cards as soon as they get them.

Resources

10 Things to Know About Your New Medicare Card

Video about the new Medicare cards provided by the Medicare website 

Sample Medicare card provided by the Medicare website

Get an e-mail when your card is in the mail