CMS Announces Contingency Plan for NPI Deadline

April 3rd, 2007 by Dan Rodrigues

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a contingency plan that extends the compliance date for the National Provider Identifier (NPI) to May 23, 2008 for covered entities that will not meet the May 23, 2007 deadline, but whom are making a “good faith effort” to do so.

You can read the full press release here: CMS Press Release on NPI Contingency Plan.

Basically, CMS is saying that they now realize that many covered entities will not be able to fully comply with the NPI standard by the May 23, 2007 deadline.  So they will not take any enforcement action on non-compliant entities if they can show CMS they are making a “good faith effort” to comply with the standards.  Some of the examples of good faith efforts include:

- For a health care provider, having obtained an NPI and having the ability to use it on HIPAA transactions.

- For a health plan, concerted efforts in advance of the May 23, 2007 deadline and continued efforts afterwards to conduct outreach and make testing opportunities available to its provider community.

- For other “trading partners”, increased external testing with other trading partners.

We don’t think you can interpret this announcement as a blanket extension of the NPI deadline.  Instead, we think CMS is basically saying, hey, let’s not kid ourselves, not everyone is ready for full NPI compliance and we need to give organizations a backup plan who are genuinely doing their best to implement the NPI standard.

We recommend Kareo customers continue at full throttle on their NPI transition.  We are ready for NPI today.  You can enter NPI numbers for practices, providers, service locations, and referring physicians in Kareo.  You can print out the new CMS 1500 form with NPI support.  And just a few weeks ago, we started sending NPIs in all outbound electronic claims.  So we recommend you take advantage of Kareo’s NPI support and make every effort to comply with the original May 23, 2007 deadline.

For more information about the National Provider Identifier (NPI) standards, please visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services NPI resources page at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalProvIdentStand/.

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Kareo Sending NPIs in All Electronic Claims

April 3rd, 2007 by Dan Rodrigues

A few weeks ago, we started sending National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) in all electronic claims to all payers, provided you have entered your NPIs in Kareo.

There are four areas where you enter NPI numbers in Kareo:

1. Practices – You can setup a group NPI number on the practice record by selecting the menu item Settings > Practice Information.

2. Providers – You can setup a provider NPI number on the provider record by selecting the menu item Settings > Providers.

3. Referring Physicians – You can setup a referring physician NPI number on the referring physician record by selecting the menu item Settings > Other Lists > Find Referring Physicians.

4. Service Locations – You can setup a service location NPI number on the service location record by selecting the menu item Settings > Service Locations.

We have taken every effort to minimize the risk of problems associated with sending NPI numbers in electronic claims.  However, as with any changes in your provider’s insurance claim stream, you may experience problems if your numbers are not setup properly or specific payers have difficulty accepting NPI numbers from Kareo.  You should be extremely vigilant in monitoring the system for rejections and initiating troubleshooting immediately with our customer support team if you notice any problems.

For more information about the National Provider Identifier (NPI) standards, please visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services NPI resources page at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalProvIdentStand/.

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