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The National Provider Identifier, or NPI, is a number that Athletic Trainers are encouraged to register for, so that they may be counted among the numbers of healthcare professionals. It increases the credibility of the individual and of the Athletic Training profession. Part of the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the NPI is required for all “covered” healthcare professionals when working with HIPAA electronic transactions. The NPI number is a standard, 10 digit identifier that contains no embedded information about the healthcare provider to which it belongs.
Athletic trainers in Illinois are not required to have an NPI number to practice, although it is highly encouraged. The process to obtain one is simple, takes little time, and is free. Please visit the NATA website (NATA.org) for more information, and for specific instructions on how to register for an NPI number.