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Applying for NPI Number.



  • Kathleen Burke

    Any individual health care provider MUST have an NPI number. It is like a social security number for health care providers.

    You are considered an individual health care provider if you furnish, bill, or are paid for health care (including mental health), regardless of whether you bill insurance companies. If you have been providing such services without an NPI number, then you are in violation of federal HIPAA law, and quite possible some state laws.


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  • Marty Villa

    Thank you, Kathleen. That was helpful. That has never been explained to me since I was first licensed in 2013, nor has any entity requested an NPI of me until this month when I have a client that is billing their EAP. So now that I am wanting to move into compliance, I need to know how I go about applying for an NPI number as a California LMFT. I’ve looked online but all I’ve found were specific to other professional health workers (RNs or Home Health care providers, etc).
    Can you direct me to a web site that is speaks directly to my needs as an LMFT as I follow the steps to come into HIPAA compliance.
    Thank you for your assistance.
    Marty Villa

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  • Kathleen Burke

    I suggest going to 

    This is the FAQ page for the main registration website which is 

    The explain about taxonomy codes, which is what you will use to identify yourself as an LMFT.

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