Before going into detail about this topic let us first understand what NPI is and who needs it.
What is NPI?
A National Provider Identifier, usually referred to as NPI, is a unique 10 digit identification number issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to healthcare providers (CMS). In this case, individuals, organizations, or organizations that offer medical or other health services or supplies include healthcare providers. As part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, the NPI was created, which mandated the adoption of a standard unique identifier for healthcare professionals. While the identifier was mandated by the 1996 law, NPIs were not issued until 2006.
Who must have NPI?
An NPI must be received by all health professionals or organizations covered by HIPAA, from doctors and nurse practitioners to social workers and home health agencies. Health industry employees are not expected to provide an NPI, such as medical billing staff or hospital housekeeping staff that do not have direct healthcare.
Who are registered nurses (RN)?
We can classify RN into two easy definitions:-
- A registered nurse is a person trained by graduation from an accredited nursing school (a registered nurse may earn either a hospital program diploma, an associate nursing degree (A.D.N.) or a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (B.S.N.), who is licensed or certified by the state and practices within the scope of that license or credential, depending on education. Registered nurses help patients regain and maintain their physical or mental health. They assist physicians during treatments and examinations and administer medications.
- A provider who is certified and educated at an accredited nursing school through a standardized nursing education program passes a national certification test and is licensed to practice nursing by the state.
Can RN get an NPI number and how do they apply for an NPI?
Yes RN can get an NPI number. Visit the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) website and build a login to apply for an NPI. You’ll need your licensing information, so have a handy RN and APRN license for your state. To apply is a free and simple process.