National Provider Identifier (NPI) Timeline Updated
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an NPI contingency plan to allow for a one-year contingency period for covered entities (other than small health plans) who will not meet the May 23, 2007, deadline compliance with the NPI regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The announcement can be viewed in its entirety on the CMS Web site. (www.cms.hhs.gov )
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will continue to accept the Legacy number; the NPI or both the NPI and Legacy number on all HIPAA covered transactions through January 1, 2008. After that time, we will require the NPI only or both NPI and Legacy numbers from all covered entities.