What's an NPI?

What’s an NPI?

The National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a unique 10-digit identification, intelligence-free number issued to health care providers in the US by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This means that the numbers do not contain any data about the health care provider, like medical specialty.

The NPI is used for all administrative and financial transactions between covered health care providers, health plans and health care clearinghouses. So, as an acupuncturist, if you want to accept insurance and file a claim, you will need an NPI.

The NPI was mandated as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

How to get an NPI?

Getting an NPI requires applying through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website linked below.

Here’s also a video to help you navigate the website:

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Minto Tsai


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