Tag Archives: Patient Identification

Transitioning from SSNs to New Medicare Identifier Numbers and Cards

New identifier numbers released to Medicare recipients

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has removed Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards. Previously, each Medicaid recipient had a Social Security Number (SSN)-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN). New Medicare identifier numbers replace the previous SSN-based numbers. Since April 2019, each Medicare member has been issued a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier […]

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Setting the Stage: Patient Satisfaction Begins at Check-In

patient satisfaction check in

Have you ever tried to put yourself in the shoes of a patient who is experiencing the environment of your agency or clinic for the first time, and tried to absorb the degree of patient satisfaction which might be generated by that “first impression”?   For any public health agency or behavioral health clinic, this […]

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How can EHR photo IDs help local health departments uniquely identify patients?

How can EHR photos help local health departments uniquely identify patients?

Many public health departments have unique patient populations, which can increase difficulties in properly identifying their patients. In an ever changing world, local health departments are seeing patients from different parts of the world including Latin America, Burma, and Cambodia etc. Spellings can be confusing. To complicate patient check-in process, some patients use first name […]

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