Can I have 2 NPI numbers?

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What is NPI?

The NPI is a 10-digit number that will be used to identify you to your health care partners, including all payers, in all HIPAA standard transactions. It is an intelligence-free number that does not carry any information about the health care provider such as his state of residence, license number, or the subject of his practice. Covered health care providers and all health plans and health care clearinghouses must use the NPIs in the administrative and financial transactions adopted under HIPAA. With HIPAA standard transactions, the NPI must be used when a provider identifier is needed. It replaced identifiers for health care services including Medicare legacy IDs, UPIN, OSCAR, PIN, and National Supplier Clearinghouse numbers.


Can I have 2 NPI numbers?

For individual health care providers, NPI is like a diamond that will last forever. Individual Providers can only have one NPI; however, Organization Providers can have multiple NPIs.

Generally, there are two types of NPI and these are as follow:-

Type 1 – This is for individuals such as dentists, etc. They can only have one NPI throughout their life and the number does not change and cannot be replaced as well.

Type 2- Type 2 NPI is for organizations such as hospitals, nursing homes, etc.

Providers can have multiple NPIs

How to apply for NPI?

Health care providers can apply for NPIs in one of three ways: