Standoff over e-health identifiers

Some GPs are apparently refusing to hand over the e-health identifier numbers that their practices need to claim the ePIP incentive.

The standoff, understood to be largely between contractor GPs and practice owners, appears to be the result of fears among doctors that giving out their Healthcare Provider Identifier (HPI-I) — a 16-digit code meant to ensure secure e-health communication — will mean they have to sign up to the personally controlled electronic health record system.

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