Why would I need a NPI number if I don’t work in a clinic setting? Many question the need for obtaining the NPI number because they do not actively seek third party reimbursement in their current professional setting. While it’s true that it’s more likely that Worker’s Compensation or insurance claims will use this number, it is a possibility that reimbursement could occur in secondary schools and collegiate settings. It may help to combat budgetary issues and also improve the profession’s standing. For this to happen, Athletic Trainers must push to become nationally identified as midlevel providers. We, as Athletic Trainers are NOT technicians. We are highly educated health care professionals.
Please take a few minutes and register for your NPI number.
Link to obtaining NPI number: https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/NPPES/StaticForward.do?forward=static.npistart
Step by Step Instructions: http://www.nata.org/NPI
Justin Police, LAT, ATC & Beth Neil, LAT, ATC