NPI Number Lookup for Providers or Doctors


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The NPI Number Lookup Service is a free directory of all active National Provider Identifier (NPI) records. Healthcare providers acquire their unique 10-digit NPIs to identify themselves in a standard way throughout their industry.
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Find NPI number for HIPAA covered healthcare medical providers, including physicians and doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, chiropractors, dentists, professional counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacy technicians and more.


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What is an NPI?

The National Provider Number (NPI) is a unique identification number for covered health care providers.

NPI's are 10 digit number unique to each covered health care providers.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, included Administrative Simplification provisions.

In these provisions was a mandate for standard unique identifiers for all health care providers and health plans that are covered by HIPAA. CMS developed the system to assign these unique identifiers.

NPI numbers have two types:

  1. Individual service providers, this is where you can look up doctors, Physicians, chiropractors, dentists, Nurse practitioners, and others.
  2. Business or organization that provides services or health care supplies such as hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, pharmacies, and home health care agencies.

Providers can apply for an NPI by completing a paper application, through a Web-based application, or through an organization (an employer or professional organization). Providers need to apply using one of the options above and need to apply only once. Providers should apply for their NPI if they have not already done so. There is no cost to obtain an NPI number.