National Provider Identifiers Available

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced that dentists can apply for a National Provider Identifier (NPI). Mandated by HIPAA, the NPI will replace other identification numbers issued by health plans and will be required for electronic transactions and, at insurers' discretion, for paper transactions. The purpose of the NPI is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the electronic transmission of health information.

You can apply online for your NPI.

CMS has contracted with Fox Systems, Inc. to serve as the NPI enumerator. You can contact Fox at (800) 465-3203 or via TTY at (800) 692-2326. You also can contact Fox by mail at NPI Enumerator, P.O. Box 6059, Fargo, ND 58108-6059.