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How do you find a Medicare provider number?

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Individuals can search for Medicare provider numbers on the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System website, using the National Provider Identifier Registry search tool, states the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The database is updated daily.

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The National Provider Identifier number is a 10-digit code assigned to all covered providers, according to the CMS. Individual health care providers and organizations can apply for a new number at the NPPES website. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 requires that all Medicare and Medicaid providers share this number with any entities, such as health plans and other providers, that require them for billing use.

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