Getting an NPI

For our second (and last) post of the day, we're giving you a quick run-down of a topic that goes hand-in-hand with HIPAA, National Provider Identifier, aka, NPI.

Brief History of NPI

A National Provider Identifier is a unique 10-digit number assigned to an individual healthcare provider by the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES). It was created as part of the HIPAA regulations.

Common questions: 

1. Do I need more than one NPI? 

You only need one individual NPI, but you may also have an organizational NPI for your private practice. 

2. What is it used for?

It's a HIPAA-protected way to identify you as a provider (or your organization) when filing claims, working with insurance companies or the US government. 

3. How do I get one?

You can sign up for a personal or organizational NPI from the NPPES site.