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NPPES uses session cookies only. We do not use any persistent cookies. You will need to have session cookies enabled to visit nppes.gov. On nppes.gov, session cookies are used to store system specific information about your application. If you do not have session cookies enabled, you will not be able to submit your application on-line. If you have session cookies enabled, this system specific information will be saved for the entire visit to the site. This information will not be saved between site visits.
Section 1173 of the Social Security Act authorizes the adoption of a standard unique health identifier for all health care providers who conduct electronically any standard transaction adopted under 45 CFR 162. The purpose of collecting this information is to assign a standard unique health identifier, the NPI, to each health care provider for use on standard transactions. The NPI will simplify the administrative processing of certain health information. Further, it will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of standard transactions in the Medicare and Medicaid programs and other Federal health programs and private health programs. The information collected is entered into a system of records called the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES), HHS/CMS/OIS No. 09-70-0008. In accordance with the NPPES Data Dissemination Notice (CMS-6060), published May 30, 2007, certain information that you furnish will be publicly disclosed. The NPPES Data Dissemination Notice can be found at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalProvIdentStand/Downloads/DataDisseminationNPI.pdf
Failure to provide complete and accurate information will delay processing. In addition, you may experience problems being recognized by insurers if the records in their systems do not match the information you furnished on the form. Information may be disclosed under specific circumstances to: