Contingency plan does not eliminate need for NPI

by Steven E. Fisher, MBA

It’s still true: Orthopaedic surgeons, as covered entities (CEs) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), are required to have applied for, and received, a National Provider Identifier (NPI) by May 23, 2007.

Even though the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a “contingency plan,” the requirement for CEs to have and use an NPI hasn’t changed.

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