Exhibitors at Annual Meeting to request physicians’ NPIs

Fellows, associates, or affiliate DO-approved members of the Academy who practice in the U.S. and attend the Annual Meeting will be asked to provide their National Provider Identifier (NPI) in their interactions with exhibitors during the meeting. The NPI is a 10-digit unique identifier used in health care transactions; medical device and pharmaceutical companies are required to collect it by the Sunshine Act provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 2010’s health system reform law. The law requires companies to report any “payment or other transfer of value” given to a physician.

To reduce the burden of this change on members going forward, the Academy will allow them to submit their individual NPI along with their membership update. Members who do so will have the NPI included in the information that exhibitors can automatically obtain via their ExpoCards in the future. In the meantime, if exhibitors request your NPI, keep in mind that they are doing so to comply with the law.

All NPIs are public information; a searchable registry is available at https://npiregistry.cms.hhs.gov/NPPESRegistry/NPIRegistryHome.do. More information about the NPI is available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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