Corporate Compliance

CMS posts new NPI FAQs

Compliance Monitor, April 18, 2007

Although CMS announced a delay in enforcing the NPI standard, that does not mean that providers have an extra year to obtain and use the new identifier, according to a new frequently asked question (FAQ) on the CMS Web site.

"Providers that have not yet obtained NPIs, should do so immediately. . . Failure to obtain an NPI may be viewed as a violation of the good faith provisions of CMS' contingency guidance," the agency says in the FAQ.

CMS has also posted the following additional FAQs relating to the contingency plan:

  • What will CMS be looking for in an acceptable NPI plan?
  • Why is the contingency period limited at all?
  • How does this guidance differ from the recommendations made to the Department of Health and Human Services by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics?
  • I am a provider. What should I do now to determine how this guidance affects me?

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