Locate the National Provider Identifier for a facility by using the free registry search provided by the National Plan & Provider Enumerator System, explains NPPES. Search for facilities by official name, alias or location. The system's administrators update the registry each day.
The NPI is a 10-digit number used to identify health care providers, notes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act required the government to create the NPI. A provider must share its NPI with entities such as other providers and health plans that need it for billing purposes.
The registry search allows users to search by keyword or wild card, indicates NPPES. The wild card search allows users to look for information using partial spelling. For instance, if a user types "Ch*" into the organization search box, the registry displays all organizations that have a name beginning with "Ch." NPPES provides wild card searching for organization name, doing business as name and city fields.