CMS finds discrepancy between NPI and IRS records

March 10, 2008

Many business names and identification numbers used in NPI database do not match IRS records, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues to find significant errors in National Provider Identification (NPI) records. According to CMS, in many instances the legal business name (LBN) and employer identification number (EIN) provided by healthcare providers do not match Internal Revenue Service (IRS) records. In some cases, this is caused by individual providers who erroneously applied for NPIs as organizations and who reported their social security numbers in the EIN field. CMS is asking organization health care providers to verify their LBN and EIN in the