On May 23, 2007, the NPI will replace healthcare professional identifiers. Getting an NPI is free and easy, the CMS purports in MLN Matters Number SE0679. But "once a provider obtains an NPI, it may take 120 days to implement the NPI in current business practices," the agency warns.
Keep these sites at your fingertips:
1. For readiness tips, visit www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE0679.pdf.
2. Find information on the application process at www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalProvIdentStand/.