WASHINGTONIn 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.