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National Provider Identifier (NPI) as the Unique Nurse Identifier

ANA Position Statement
June 2022

Health system transformation that recognizes the value of nursing services through positive patient outcomes and correlating reimbursement are priorities of ANA. Use of national provider identifiers (NPIs) allow providers, including Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), to bill Medicare and Medicaid for services provided to patients. The purpose of this position statement is to:

  1. Affirm the role the NPI plays in billing and reimbursement; and
  2. Establish that an NPI is foundational to evaluating the value of the nurse in the health care system.


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