What is an NPI Number?
It’s simple, an NPI = National Provider Identifier. It is a unique 10-digit identification number issued to health care providers in the USA by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Why do you need an NPI Number?
- Because health care plans are required to identify you, an optometrist, by your NPI number. Also you must have an NPI for use in all HIPAA transactions.
- You can use it as an identifier on prescriptions, although your NPI is NOT your license number.
- Your EMR system can identify you and the patient records you worked on with this NPI number.
- To keep a record of any unlawful activity as a health care practitioner.
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