Please Reply to the following 2 Discussions:
APA format with intext citation
Word count minimum of 160 words per post, not including references
References at least one high-level scholarly reference per post within the last 5 years in APA format.
DISCUSSION POST # Reply to
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (2023), a National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a unique number used to identify a healthcare provider during healthcare transactions, such as health care claims. For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require an NPI for healthcare workers to obtain Medicaid or Medicare reimbursements (Sensmeier et al., 2019). In addition, NPIs serve as identifiers for healthcare providers on prescriptions, contracts with health plans, patient medical records, and within internal files in an organization (AAFP, 2023). Every provider has a unique NPI that does not change even if she or he changes work settings (AAFP, 2023). Through the NPI registry, other healthcare providers and organizations are able to access a provider’s NPI information (AAFP, 2023). Furthermore, if a business office or an office manager handles billing, then the provider must also furnish those individuals with their NPI (Sensmeier et al., 2019).
There are a few different ways to apply for a NPI. One method is to apply online at
. Another way is to mail in a written application, form CMS-10114, which can be obtained by contacting the NPI Enumerator at 1(800)692-2326 (AAFP, 2023). Finally, if one were to work for a large organization, then there is often an option to apply through an electronic file interchange (EFI) provided by the organization (AAFP, 2023). In this method, the organization obtains an NPI in bulk on behalf of a provider or a group of providers. This saves time and financial burdens for both the providers and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (AAFP, 2023).
Healthcare providers are given a ten-digit identification number called a National Provider Identifier (NPI) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Healthcare providers include hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, durable medical equipment suppliers, clinical laboratories, pharmacies, and many other “institutional” type providers; physicians, dentists, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, chiropractors, and many other healthcare practitioners and professionals; group practices, health maintenance organizations, and others that provide, bills, or is paid for health care in the normal course of business are qualified to receive NPI (
Unique Identifiers FAQs | CMS., n.d.). These numbers are exclusive to the person holding them and do not change no matter changing jobs or moving states.
Applying for an NPI number can take some time but it starts with going to the website at
. You are going to need your nursing license number as well as your APRN state number.
· Create an account at
· When you obtain your username, return to this address;
and log in with the username and password that was just created.
· After logging in, select “Submit a New NPI Application”.
After the application is submitted electronically, the provider’s number should be obtained within 10 days. This is one of the many applications that will be needed to practice. Depending on the state you live in, you will need the state’s licensing number as well as a DEA number. These will be required for credentialing for your new career.