What is an NPI Number?
The National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a unique identifier provided by the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) for all health care providers, which is used to collect identifying information on health care providers.
Why am I being asked to provide my NPI Number?
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the "Sunshine Act," pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and biologics companies are required to report certain transfers of value to physicians. From time to time, companies may provide funds to the CNS in support of faculty travel, food and beverages or other expenses for courses and in such cases, the NPI number may be required for reporting such exchanges of value to the CMS.
If you have not already done so, we encourage you to visit the NPPES website to ensure the accuracy of your NPI data or locate your NPI Number: https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/NPPES/Welcome.do