Get a National Provider Identifier (NPI)

The Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) mandated the adoption of a standard unique identifier for health care providers. The National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) collects identifying information on health care providers and assigns each a unique National Provider Identifier (NPI).

You can apply online for an NPI by going to Or, if you prefer, you can obtain a paper application by calling 1-800-465-3203 and asking for Form CMS-10114.