Unique physician identification number (UPIN)
There are many occasions when a medical transcriptionist will need to verify or clarify the spelling of a physician’s name. I think one of the best sources for this information is through the unique physician identification number (UPIN.)
There are several sites that provide a UPIN database, but there are some features that will make your search easier. Most UPIN database sites will narrow down by state, but I prefer a site that does not require the full name, as you may only be able to understand a few characters. Also important is inclusion of a specialty category. If the transcribing doctor cites say a neurology consultation, being able to plug in this specialty to the search criteria will narrow the results considerably.
I use http://upin.ecare.com/ for my unique physician identification number database. This site requires no more than 1 character of the last name to initiate a search, but also offers opportunity for 1 or more character of first name, state of practice, practice specialty and even zip code to help narrow down your search. Note: Only physicians that accept Medicare will have a UPIN.
TIP: Before I go to ecare.com I search the physician roster of the hospital where the transcribing physician has privileges or the hospital I am transcribing for. Most physicians give and receive consultations from physicians within their hospital system.
link to my favorite physician UPIN database – http://upin.ecare.com/