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Protecting Against Medical Identity Theft

Since the implementation of National Provider Identifiers (NPIs) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), billing processes have been simplified and streamlined. The unique ten-digit identifier codes assigned to physicians and other healthcare providers by the US Department of Health and Human Services have now become a part of the majority of electronic health information being transmitted and are used in a variety of circumstances, including authentication, process control, individual claims, contracts, agreements, and more. Although the use of NPIs has improved efficiency and eased burdensome processes, their existence poses a potential threat of identity theft and medical fraud.

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