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ACS Signs Letter Urging Senate Appropriators to Remove Ban on UPI

As part of its ongoing advocacy efforts surrounding patient matching and the Unique Patient Identifier (UPI), the American College of Surgeons (ACS) joined 56 stakeholder organizations in signing a letter urging leadership of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations to remove language from the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. This provision prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from spending federal dollars to adopt a UPI. The U.S. House of Representatives passed amendment language June 12 that repeals the 20-year ban. 

Removing the prohibition on the use of federal funds to establish a national UPI would provide HHS with the ability to evaluate a range of patient identification solutions, enabling the agency to explore potential challenges and identify cost-effective, scalable, and secure solutions that protect patient privacy. A UPI would help to ensure that surgeons have a more accurate and consistent means of linking patients to their health information across the continuum of care.

For more information, contact Amelia Suermann, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at

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