CMS ANNOUNCES THE NATIONAL PROVIDER IDENTIFIER (NPI) ENUMERATOR by 8034e1

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									    CMS ANNOUNCES THE NATIONAL PROVIDER
   IDENTIFIER (NPI) ENUMERATOR CONTRACTOR
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today it has taken
an important step in helping health care providers obtain the new standard unique
health care provider identification (NPI) with selection of Fox Systems, Inc. as the
contractor to perform the support operations for the project.

As “enumerator” for NPI project, Fox will process applications from health care
providers and operate a help desk to assist health care providers in obtaining the
new standard unique health care provider identification number (the NPI). The
assignment of NPIs will begin later this year.

The standard unique identifier for health care providers is mandated by the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and will eventually
become the primary health care provider identifier for standard transactions.

Adoption of the NPI is the latest step in implementing the Administrative
Simplification provisions of HIPAA. The Secretary of Health and Human Services has
already adopted standards for electronic transactions and code sets, the employer
identifier, and the privacy and security of protected health information.

Health care providers do not need to take any action to apply for NPIs at this time.
CMS will announce when the system that will handle the assignment of NPIs will be
ready to accept applications. Health care providers may begin applying for NPIs on
that date.

At the time CMS is ready to accept applications for an NPI, health care providers will
be urged to apply. While the NPI must be used on standard transactions with health
plans, other than small health plans, no later than May 23, 2007, health care
providers should not begin using the NPI until health plans have issued specific
instructions on accepting the NPI in standard transactions on or before May 23,
2007.

Fox Systems is a national leader in providing consulting services and solutions to
county, state and federal agencies. Fox is being supported in this work by its
subcontractor, Noridian Administrative Services (NAS) of Fargo , North Dakota .

Information on NPIs can be found at
http://www.cms.hhs.gov/hipaa/hipaa2/regulations/identifiers/default.asp, by calling
the HIPAA Hotline: 1-866-282-0659, or by writing to AskHIPAA@cms.hhs.gov. CMS
will announce information about how to contact Fox regarding the NPI as the NPI
implementation date approaches.

								
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