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Patient Demographics

Data Element

Information from the submission form

Medicare Patient Identifier
Description
Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBI) used to uniquely identify Medicare patients.

Comment

Specific Identifier(s) or general Identifier?

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

Response to Comment on Medicare Patient Identifier

Specific Identifier(s) or general Identifier? MedMorph supports the addition of Medicare Patient Identifier (level 2), but is concerned with having a general Identifier element (level 2) as well as Medical Record Number (Level 1) 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). CMS's intent with the Medicare Patient Identifier data element submission was to specifically recommend inclusion of the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) for Medicare beneficiaries, as this ID is currently well defined and captured. 

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