January 13, 2023
Every healthcare provider is required to have a unique National Provider Identifier (NPI) number to submit claims or conduct any other transaction as specified by HIPAA. Getting an NPI number is free, and not having one could be costly!
We advise you to apply for an NPI number now before you need to bill for services. Per CMS, the electronic NPI application could take fewer than 10 days, and a paper application takes about 20 business days.
Now that you know the “why,” it’s time to get started. There are three ways to apply for an NPI number, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):
When applying online, you must first register with the CMS Identities & Access Management System to create an account. You will then navigate to the NPPES website to complete an application.
The application process typically takes between 15 and 20 minutes. After you submit your application, you will receive your unique NPI number; the timeline will vary depending on the type of application method and the volume of applications being processed at a given time! Your unique 10-digit number will never expire or be recycled – it is yours for life.
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