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NPI Application Help
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Welcome Page / User Menu
Create Login For Existing NPI Page
Reset Password Page
Individual Profile Page
Address Standardization Page
Add Other Identification Number Page
Select Taxonomy Page 1
Contact Person Page
Change Processing Page
Deactivate NPI Page
Application Security Check page
Login Page
Change Password Page
Organization Profile Page
Business Practice Location Address Page
Delete Other Identification Number Confirmation Page
Select Taxonomy Page 2
Certification Page
View Application Page
Create User ID and Password Page
Change Secret Question and Answer Page
Select Entity Type Page
Business Mailing Address Page
Other Identification Numbers Page
Taxonomy / License Page
Select Group Type Page
Processing Page
NPI Enumerator Contact Information
Select Entity Type Page
This page is only accessible to providers when applying for an NPI.
The provider is required to select the radio button that most applies to the provider or the organization.
Entity Type 1: Individuals who render health care; e.g., physicians, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, pharmacists, physical therapists and sole providers. Incorporated individuals may obtain NPIs for themselves (Entity Type 1 Individual) if they are health care providers and may obtain NPIs for their corporations (Entity Type 2 Organization). A sole proprietorship is an Entity Type 1 (Individual). A sole proprietorship is an Entity Type 1 (Individual). (A sole proprietorship is a form of business in which one person owns all the assets of the business and is solely liable for all the debts of the business in an individual capacity. Therefore, sole proprietorships are not organization health care providers.) Note that sole proprietorships may obtain only one NPI. Sole proprietorships must report their SSNs (not EINs even if they have EINs). Virtually any health care provider could be a sole proprietorship, including most of the examples listed in Entity Type 2.

Entity Type 2: Organizations that render health care services, or furnish health care supplies to patients; e.g., hospitals, home health agencies, ambulance companies, health maintenance organizations, durable medical equipment suppliers, pharmacies and corporations formed when an individual incorporates.Solely owned corporations that are health care providers obtain NPIs as Entity Type 2. If the organization is a subpart, check yes and furnish the Legal Business Name (LBN) and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) of the “parent” organization health care provider. (A subpart is a component of an organization health care provider. A subpart may be a different location or may furnish a different type of health care than the organization health care provider. For ease of reference, we refer to that organization health care provider as the “parent”.)

Note: Once the Entity Type is selected and the page is navigated away from, the Entity Type should not be changed. If a change is attempted, the application process will need to be restarted.