Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The National Provider Identifier (NPI) What You Need to Know

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The National  Provider Identifier (NPI). The Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health  Insurance Portability and Accountability Act  of 1996 (HIPAA) mandated the adoption of  a standard, unique health identifier for each  health care provider.

To further explain the process, a short fact sheet highlighting the topics below was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
  • What is an NPI?
    • Benefits
    • Eligibility
  • Who Must Obtain the NPI?
  • What the NPI does and does not do
  • Who Cannot Receive an NPI?
  • National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) 
    • NPI Registry
    • NPPES Downloadable File
  • Healthcare Provider Categories
  • How to apply for an NPI
  • Additional Website Resources
To view and download the full fact sheet, please go to the following link: National Provider Identifiers (NPI): What You Need to Know

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