Free National NPI Number Registry
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is my NPI being shared by NPINumberLookup?
A: To simplify finding and providing NPI numbers. By HIPAA law, "Each covered health care provider [must] disclose its NPI, when requested, to any entity that needs the NPI to identify that health care provider in a standard transaction."
Q: Am I required to obtain and make available my NPI when requested?
A: Most likely, yes. NPIs and associated data are in the public domain
Q: Is it safe?
A: Yes, it's the same data provided by the US government, just made a bit easier to search.
Q: How often is the data updated?
A: Data is refreshed weekly, as provided by NPPES. Real-time data searches are available here.
Q: Why is this site not password protected?
A: NPIs and associated infomation are in the public domain.
Q: How do you ensure that NPIs in your database are valid?
A: CMS follows a version of the ISO standard Luhn algorithm. We verify all submissions at the time of entry using this algorithm.
Q: I've heard that Medicare is has an NPI Registry. If so, why are you doing this?
A: CMS has a publicly searchable NPI registry, but it is not as quick and easy as this registry. Also, lookups on this registry work well on most mobile devices.