February 21, 2013

What is the NPI? You’ve heard it thrown around by the NATA possibly. What is it and why is it so important?

The NPI is the National Provider Identifier. It was part of the HIPAA that it be created and has been in place since 2005. It is a permanent number once someone registered. The number is to be used by all HIPAA  covered healthcare providers (which includes ATs) for HIPAA transactions.

While many ATs are not covered under HIPAA, it is important for us to have a number in case it is needed. Many ATs also practice in clinical settings where HIPAA transactions may be necessary. It does show strength in each AT possessing an NPI. While you may not use it daily, it may have a greater impact than you realize.

It takes less than 20 minutes to complete and costs nothing.

“NATA views having an NPI number like having a state license: it’s a professional requirement and adds credibility to both the individual and the profession,” says Cate Brennan Lisak, director of external affairs. “Once ATs get their NPI number, it will be theirs forever — no matter where they work. There’s no downside to having an NPI number.”

When filling out your application use: Provider Code 22 (Respiratory, Rehabilitative & Restorative Service Providers) and Taxonomy Code 2255A2300X (Athletic Trainer)

Go to this link to apply for your NPI today.


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