Unique Physician Identification Number


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Unique Physician Identification Number

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UPIN

A six-digit code, consisting of numbers and letters, assigned in the U.S. to all health care providers who take care of Medicare patients. It allows the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to collect information about a provider's billing practices and to assess his or her utilization of medical services.
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The number is intended to replace current numbers, including the unique physician identification number (UPIN).
In its review of 250 medical equipment claims made to Medicare in 1999, HHS' Office of Inspector General found that supporting documentation was missing or incomplete for 45% of services ordered using a surrogate unique physician identification number (UPIN).
Medicare issues a provider identification number (PIN) and a unique physician identification number (UPIN).

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