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How To Find Your NPI Number

What is an NPI Number?

In my own words, it’s like the social security number for your identity as a doctor.

The NPI is a unique identification number for covered health care providers. 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.

How do you get an NPI number?

I wrote an entire article on how to get your NPI number as an optometrist, here ya go.

How do you find your NPI number?

There are a bunch of websites out there to locate your NPI number online, each of them are different with different features.

NPInumberlookup.org

  • My favorite because it is simplest to use and provides a ton of information
  • A great bookmark link for your personal reference
  • The winner when comparing all 5 of these websites in this review
npinumberlookup.org

npidb.org

  • Must click a few links to finally get to the page
  • Allows NPI lookup for organizations which is nice
npidb.org

nynpi.com

  • Nice and simple, but a ton of unnecessary fields, not quick enough
  • Good if you are looking up someone else’s NPI
nynpi.com

npi-search.com

  • Useful because things are broken down into tabs
  • Nice if you are tracking your data to see if registration was correct
npi-search.com

nppes.cms.hhs.gov

  • This is the actual website that gives you your NPI
  • I find it annoying to click a few different links just to get to your NPI
nppes.cms.hhs.gov
In my opinion the winner is NPINumberLookUp.org because its the fastest and easiest to use. I can’t tell you how many times I need to recall my NPI number when dealing with insurance plans. This is the easiest URL to remember and the fastest turn around time to get your NPI. I suggest using this website, although all of the other sites really do the same exact thing. – Matt Geller O.D.

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About Matt Geller

Matt Geller
Matt is the founder of OptometryStudents.com, NewGradOptometry.com and the co-founder of CovalentCareers.com and NewGradMedia.com. He is also an optometrist in San Diego, California with a focus on ocular disease and pediatric care. Matt's focus is in the world of digital publications and healthcare staffing, with special attention on business architecture, UI/UX design, and software architecture.

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