The BOC and NATA urge all ATs to register for their National
Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers. If you already have your
number, please share this information with your colleagues
and encourage them to obtain their NPI number.
What is the NPI Number?
An NPI number is now required for all Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) transactions and
claims, coordination of patient benefits, patient medical
record system and prescriptions.
Your NPI number allows other healthcare professionals
(physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, physician
assistants, hospital systems, etc.) to know who provided the
patient’s care or referral. An NPI is essential for electronic
medical records compliance. The 10 digit NPI number is
your unique identifier in the electronic medical record arena.
Why get an NPI number?
With healthcare reform solidly underway, it is more important
than ever that ATs obtain their NPI number upon licensure.
Having an NPI is more than a reimbursement issue. It’s
another way to stand up and be counted in the healthcare
An NPI is required of all healthcare professionals for HIPAA
transactions, claims and coordination of patient benefits.
Who needs an NPI number?
All healthcare professionals need NPI numbers, including
athletic training faculty members, preceptors and program
When did this begin?
The NPI number was described and passed into law in
1996, as part of HIPAA. However, the section pertaining to
the NPI only became effective in May 2007.
Where can I find more information?
•;Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
•;National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
How do I obtain an NPI number?
Visit the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System
(NPPES) website to complete an application.
When filling out your application, use:
•;Provider Code 22 (Respiratory, Rehabilitative &
Restorative Service Providers)
•;Taxonomy Code 2255A2300X (Athletic Trainer)
NPI Numbers Essential for All Healthcare Professionals