The steps necessary to obtain an NPI are fairly straightforward and are included below: (The new taxonomy may not be effective with all CMS carriers until October 1, 2008)
NOTE: You must keep a copy of your NPI notification message for your records and reference because you will have to refer to it often during clinical practice.
Please note: The Health Care Provider Taxonomy Code (HCPTC) was granted only to RPAs credentialed by CBRPA, as the certification agency. In addition, the CBRPA scope of practice has been recognized as defining the field or parameters of practice. Other non-RPA (CBRPA) individuals attempting to use the HCPTC code will be subject to the same measures levied for fraudulent actions. The fines for an individual are $250,000 and possibly five (5) years in jail for providing fraudulent information on the NPI application.