What’s In A Name? Warning: You Could Be At Risk
By Frank Cohen, Director of Analytics and Business Intelligence
As originally published by Racmonitor.com
So, you want to be a doctor? No problem. Four years of undergrad, a decent score on your MCATs, four years of med school, residency, an internship – and that’s if you don’t choose to be a specialist. Now you want to go into the real world and pay off your quarter-million in student loans? But wait, there’s more!
First, you have to get your NPI, or National Provider Identification number. To do this, you will fill out the NPI Application/Update Form (CMS-10114). In section 3.D., you will be asked to provide your taxonomy or specialty codes, and you can list up to four, with the primary specialty listed first. Once assigned, this information is stored in the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System, or NPPES, database.