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What is the Healthcare Provider Taxonomy Code set?

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The Health Care Provider Taxonomy Code set classifies health care providers by area of specialization, according to the National Provider Identifier Database. A taxonomy code is a 10-digit alphanumeric code with three category tiers used by health care providers and vendors. The set comes out biannually, in January and July.

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What is the Healthcare Provider Taxonomy Code set?
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Providers and vendors have four months to implement any changes in the new code sets, explains the National Provider Identifier Database. As of 2001, the National Uniform Claim Committee maintains, administers and processes code requests for the Health Care Provider Taxonomy Code set, notes the committee. The organization provides instructions and resources for implementing and using the taxonomy codes.

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