National Provider Identifier
DON'T FORGET: IF YOU HAVE A "BUSINESS" EITHER
CORPORATED WITH A SINGLE EMPLOYEE (NAMELY: THE PHYSICIAN!) OR A "GROUP" WITH SEVERAL EMPLOYEES, YOU
MUST HAVE TWO NPI NUMBERS: ONE FOR THE PHYSICIAN'S SSN AND ONE FOR THE "COMPANY'S" EIN.
REGISTER THE NPI NUMBERS WITH MEDI-CAL, BLUE CROSS
AND YOUR ELECTRONIC CLEARING HOUSE BEFORE MAY 2007.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE REGISTERED YOUR "COMPANY" WITH MEDI-CAL AND BLUE CROSS
PRIOR TO MAY 2007. THE "COMPANY" MUST HAVE IT'S OWN "PIN" NUMBERS PRIOR TO REGISTERING NPI NUMBERS.
Health care providers are required by
law to apply for a National Provider Identifier (NPI). To apply online, visit: https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov or call 1-800-465-3203 to request
a paper application or to speak with a CMS NPI Specialist.
FAQ's:(For information, please call CMS for the NPI Specialist: 1-800-465-3203)
Q: Groups: Do we obtain one number for the Group or individual numbers for Group Providers?
A: Both. The Group will obtain a NPI which will be linked to its Tax ID number and each individual physician in the
Group needs to obtain their own NPI because it is linked to their own Social Security Number.
Q: Hospitals: does a nursing facility associated with a hospital obtain their own NPI?
A: Hospitals can sub-post an NPI number to each individual department; nursing facility, ER, etc.
Q: Time: How long does it take to obtain a NPI once the application has been sent?
A: If you filed a paper application, allow 25 to 60 days. E-mailed applications should only take 5 working days.
If you have not received your NPI within a timely period of sending an e-mail application, call the number above and use the
tracking number assigned to you when you sent your application.