Why does MUHC require the National Provider Identifier Number (NPI) to access my patients' electronic medical records?
The NPI will be required of all providers by May 23, 2007, in all HIPAA standard transactions (Medicare and Medicaid reimbursed). MUHC must uniquely identify each provider, and their support staff, who access their patients' electronic medical records. The NPI uniquely identifies each provider and can be used to identify the support staff for that provider. MU Health Care is strongly committed to ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies governing access to patient information.