Individuals and organizations wanting to get the latest word from the CMS on its efforts to set up the national provider identifier need to register by 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday for a call-in session Thursday at 2 p.m. EDT.
The session will focus on a CMS effort to make the identifiers available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act.
According to the CMS, to register for the call participants must go here to register. Once there, they should select their time zone from a drop-down box at the top of the page, then click on "CMS NPI Roundtable on the NPPES Data Dissemination Notice" and fill in the required registration information, then click "register." A confirmation e-mail will then be sent.
Those not able to join the call-in session can hear a replay of it from 4 p.m. EDT Thursday
until 11:59 p.m. EDT June 20 by calling 800-642-1687 and entering the passcode 2460573.
The National Plan and Provider Enumeration System is responsible for issuing and storing provider ID numbers and will be used to store plan identifiers if those numbers are ever required. Both provider and plan IDs are a requirement under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The deadline for compliance with the provider ID section of HIPAA was May 23, but HHS in April extended the compliance deadline for one year.
According to a notice published May 30 in the Federal Register, most but not all data collected by the government on providers to obtain an NPI will be included in the publicly available data set. Providers' Social Security number, Internal Revenue Service individual taxpayer identification number and date of birth will not be made public. According to the notice, "HHS believes that the data elements (remaining) ... are sufficient to enable HIPAA-covered entities to match healthcare provider records in the NPPES with the healthcare providers for whom they have data."
Data will be available to the public in bulk downloads and via a searchable online database capable of responding to individual queries. Access will provided at a yet-to-be-announced section of the CMS/NPI Web site.