Final NPI deadline approaching

May 12, 2008

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require NPI numbers on claims submitted after May 23, 2008.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require national provider identifier (NPI) numbers for all claims submissions beginning May 23, 2008. CMS is suggesting that if pharmacists and other healthcare providers have difficulting obtaining NPI numbers from prescribers, “the service provider (in the NCPDP 5.1 transaction) shall use its own NPI to identify those secondary providers. Medicare will not pay these claims if these secondary providers are not identified by NPIs.” To answer questions relating to NPI numbers, CMS is hosting a roundtable session May 14 and a Q & Asession May 19.

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