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Patient Demographics

Data Element

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Medical Record Number
Description
The unique identifier assigned by the provider to reference a single patient

Comment

Specific Identifier(s) or general Identifier?

MedMorph supports the addition of Medical Record Number, but is concerned with having a general Identifier element (level 2) as well as Medicare Patient Identifier (level 2), and Patient Social Security Number (level 1). 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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