AAOS Report - June, 2005

CMS accepting applications for National Provider Identifier

AAOS members can begin applying for the new National Provider Identifier (NPI). The NPI, a requirement under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), is intended to replace the multiple health care provider identifiers currently being used by Medicare, Medicaid, private health insurance companies and health care clearinghouses.

On May 23, 2005, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began accepting Web-based applications for the NPI. To apply over the Web, go to: https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov

Beginning July 1, 2005, you may prepare and submit a paper application. A copy of the application, including the appropriate mailing address, will be available on http://nppes.cms.hhs.gov or can be requested by phone: (800) 465-3203 or (800) 692-2326 (TTY).

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