National Provider Identifier Standard (NPI)
The National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Administrative Simplification Standard. The NPI is a unique identification number for covered health care providers. Covered health care providers and all health plans and health care clearinghouses must use the NPIs in the administrative and financial transactions adopted under HIPAA. The NPI is a 10-position, intelligence-free numeric identifier (10-digit number). This means that the numbers do not carry other information about healthcare providers, such as the state in which they live or their medical specialty. The NPI must be used in lieu of legacy provider identifiers in the HIPAA standards transactions.
Unique Physician Identification Number (UPIN) Directory
The Unique Physician Identification Number (UPIN) Directory contains selected information on physicians, doctors of Osteopathy, limited licensed practitioners and some non-physician practitioners who are enrolled in the Medicare Program. The data elements in the file (UPIN, full name, specialty, Physician License State Code, zip code, Medicare provider billing number and State) are extracted from the UPIN Database and are approved for public release in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) System of Records. The file is updated quarterly with updates being available usually by April 15, July 15, October 15, and January 15. Each update file is considered as a replacement file.
How to Find a Medicare Number
Look at your social security card. Your social security number is the first part of your Medicare number for part A and B benefits. The second part is the letter A or B, depending on which benefit you are needing the number for. Part A is inpatient hospital benefits and Part B is outpatient medical benefits. For example, if your social security number is 111-22-3333, then your Medicare number for Part A benefits is 111-22-3333-A. If you do not have a social security card or your Medicare card, contact your local SSA office for a list of documents required for obtaining a replacement card.
How do you look up your Medicare number?
A Medicare number includes a person’s social security number followed by a small code that consists of letters or letters with numbers depending on various factors. It is also called a Medicare claim number on documents from the provider. Because the number is primarily made up of a person’s social security number, it is not easy to look it up if lost or forgotten.
Medicare.gov Physician Compare Home Page
Difference between the Medicare Provider Numbers
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