Person—Medicare personal identifier number, N(9)

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Medicare personal identifier number
Synonymous names:Medicare PIN
METeOR identifier:601562
Registration status:Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015
Definition:

A unique numeric identifier issued for use in identifying a person who has accessed a Medicare claimable service event.

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Identifier
Data type:String
Format:N(9)
Maximum character length:9

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:

The Medicare PIN is system generated. The PIN allocated to a person at initial enrolment stays with that person throughout their existence in Medicare even if the person is supplied with different card numbers. A person can only be shown on two Medicare cards at one time and where a third card is required, a separate PIN is allocated (for example, a child shown on separate cards held by the parents and needs to be included on a carer's card).

It is anticipated that at some stage there will be a unique identifier for a consumer across programs (e.g. Medicare, PBS, etc). However, this is currently not the case.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Department of Health

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) state/territory data extract 2013-14 Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Used as numerator
Indigenous Better Cardiac Care measure: 1.1-Annual health assessments, 2016 Health, Standard 17/08/2017
Indigenous Better Cardiac Care measure: 2.1-Cardiac-related diagnostic tests, 2016 Health, Standard 17/08/2017
Indigenous Better Cardiac Care measure: 4.2-Chronic disease management, 2016 Health, Standard 17/08/2017
Number of MBS-subsidised services for repeat colonoscopy per 100,000 people of all ages, 2018-19 Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Standard 27/04/2021
Number of MBS-subsidised services for repeat gastroscopy per 100,000 people of all ages, 2018-19 Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Standard 27/04/2021
Used as denominator
Indigenous Better Cardiac Care measure: 4.2-Chronic disease management, 2016 Health, Standard 17/08/2017