An NPI number, known as a National Provider Identifier, is a unique 10-digit unique identification number issued to each healthcare provider or organization in the United States. It is used by healthcare professionals to identify themselves or other providers, and patients/providers on Medicare and Medicaid claims to process payment claims and transactions of medical service. These numbers help improve the efficiency of electronic health records, and are required as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) introduced in 1996.
An NPI number is assigned to all licensed healthcare providers,healthcare organizations, and healthcare clearinghouses, that transmit and conduct any patient health information in electronic form. Once a provider receives an NPI number, it cannot be changed regardless of the current position and location in which they live.
Common Providers and organizations include:
There are currently 3 ways to apply for an NPI number:
Benefits of an NPI number include:
You can use our NPI lookup tool that searches our full database at npilookup.evalyticslabs.com. Our database is updated regularly and combines NPI numbers and other datasets to present provider information in an easy-to-use format.