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Patient Demographics

Data Element

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Patient Social Security Number
Description
Records patient’s social security number.

Comment

Specific Identifier(s) or general Identifier?

MedMorph supports the addition of Patient Social Security Number (Level 1), but is concerned with having a general Identifier element (level 2) as well as Medical Record Number (Level 1) and Medicare Patient Identifier (Level 2). What is the intention of Identifier - is it a placeholder for a national identifier of some sort for a patient? We recommend that USCDI either take a general approach with Identifier Type, Identifier System, and Identifier Value OR be specific with Medical Record Number, Medicare Patient Identifier and Social Security Number elements (and remove the Identifier element).

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