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CMS Adopts Unique Identifier

CMS Adopts Unique Identifier

WASHINGTON—In an effort to streamline its operations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will adopt a standard, unique identifier for use by employers beginning July 30, 2002. 

A specific Employer Identification Number (EIN) will be used by each employer in filing and processing health care claims and other transactions required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The Internal Revenue Service issues EINs, and employers who pay wages to workers are already required to have one.

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