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PPV: Spread the word about NPI data dissemination

HIM-HIPAA Insider, July 30, 2007

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For those who have been waiting for CMS' plan for National Provider Identifier (NPI) data dissemination, the wait is finally over. CMS published its data dissemination notice in the Federal Register on May 30, and providers and payers have been able to use a searchable database to locate NPI information since June 28.

"The database was not a surprise," says Chris Apgar, CISSP, president of Apgar & Associates, LLC, in Portland, OR. "It has been a source of frustration for the industry that the database was not implemented earlier, because the industry has needed this information."

Ensure that your providers understand what information CMS is disseminating and how they can help keep the database accurate.

Editor's note: For more information on the NPI dissemination database, click here. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing can read the full article in the August 2007 issue. You can also purchase this article for $10.

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