Frequently Asked Questions About the National Provider Identifier (NPI). How can a health care provider obtain an NPI? (updated 11/22/2000)


After the standard is announced in the Final Rule in the Federal Register, the NPS will begin assigning NPIs to health care providers based on information they supply on NPI applications. Because there are so many providers, HHS recommended in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making that assignment of the NPI be done in phases. We expect that providers that conduct any of the transactions specified in HIPAA would be among the first to be enumerated.