A National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a permanent factor in the national health insurance database, and like all federal regulations, it is vital that you understand how to find NPI numbers. Individual providers, from primary care doctors to pediatricians and every specialty in between, are required to have an NPI, which they utilize in all financial, administrative and corporate transactions. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services assign NPIs, and maintains an NPI Registry that contains HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) identifiers for all practicing medical professionals. The law requires every physician to have a personal and corporate NPI number registered in this directory. The NPI database is a simple, free database that enables you to search for your physician by name or categorical organization (such as hospitals, clinics, or private practice.)
Where to find the NPI number
Your physician's NPI is available at The National Plan and Provider Enumeration System website. The registry is updated daily, and enables you to search for a provider's NPI information with simple search forms.
Find your doctor's NPI.
At the NPPES website, click the "Individual Provider" icon to search for your physician by name. Select "Organization Provider" to locate a hospital or medical corporation. In the "Individual Provider" field, enter your doctor's name and business address. It is important to provide data for at least one of the search fields (these fields include provider's first and last name, address and zip code). In the "Organization Provider" field, enter your physician's practice, hospital or business address.
Use your provider's NPI number to handle many important tasks related to your family's healthcare.