CMS to require NPI on all claims beginning May 23

April 7, 2008

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging physicians, nurse practitioners, and other prescribers to get National Provider Identifier numbers before May deadline.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is requiring all pharmacies to submit a prescriber's letter sent to more than 70 groups representing prescribers, patients, and other healthcare interests, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores reminded the groups of the coming deadline and urging greater compliance. "Approximately one-third of prescribers do not have an NPI yet," said NACDS president and CEO Steven C. Anderson. "We want to work with prescribers to achieve universal NPI compliance and ensure that Medicare and Medicaid patients can get their medications."

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