National Provider Identification (NPI) Applications now being accepted
Health care providers that are considered “covered health care providers” under HIPAA are required to obtain a NPI number. A covered health care provider is a health care provider who transmits any health information in electronic form between two parties to carry out financial or administrative activities related to health care. Covered health care providers must obtain an NPI number by May 23, 2007.
Pharmacists and pharmacies are included as health care providers and are eligible to apply for an NPI number. Pharmacies and pharmacists who transmit health information in an electronic format must obtain an NPI number.