Time is running out to get a National Provider Identifier (NPI).

May 23 is the deadline for physicians to begin using an NPI when transmitting claims and other Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) transactions electronically.

Beginning on May 23, “legacy identifiers” such as Medicare PINs and proprietary commercial identifiers, may no longer be used to submit claims electronically or with other electronic HIPAA transactions. If you are not using an NPI number on your claims for most payers beginning May 23, you could experience claims processing and significant cash flow interruptions.

While HIPAA applies only to physicians who do business electronically,Medicare is requiring paper billers to obtain and use an NPI as well. The CMS 1500 paper form was modified to allow space for reporting an NPI number. However, some versions of the revised form were incorrectly formatted, so Medicare is extending the deadline for using the form...

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