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NEWS BRIEF ~ Look Beyond CMS Web Site for NPI Applications

CMS removed the NPI PDF from its Web site, but you have other options This list makes obtaining a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number an easy process by putting the application information you need at your fingertips.

Forget this site: CMS removed one place where you were able to go to find an application. As of Sept. 20, the PDF version of the NPI application is no longer available for download on the CMS forms Web site, and there will not be a link to that form from the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) page.

Try these alternatives: You can still apply for NPI numbers in one of three ways, CMS says:

1. The Web-based NPI application process. Log on to the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System and apply at

2. Have an electronic file interchange organization (EFIO) submit application data on your practice's behalf.

3. Obtain a copy of the paper NPI Application/Update Form and mail the completed, signed application to the NPI Enumerator in Fargo, N.D. The form is now available only if you request it through the NPI Enumerator. You can contact the NPI Enumerator by phone at (800) 465-3203; by mail at PO Box 6059, Fargo, ND 58108-6059; or by e-mail at

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