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Provider Enrollment Terms You Should Know


When it comes to medical credentialing and provider enrollment the myriad terms and acronyms used make a complex process even more complicated. If you don’t know you’re NPP from your NPI, 1st Assistant is here to help. Below is a glossary of commonly used abbreviations and acronyms that you can use as a “cheat sheet” and quick reference guide.

  • CAQHCouncil for Affordable Quality Healthcare – a nonprofit alliance of networks, health plans and trade associations that acts as a catalyst for initiatives that simplify healthcare administration.

  • CMSThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the overseer of federal healthcare systems.

  • DMEPOS – Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic and Orthotic Suppliers

  • EFT – Electronic Funds Transfer – a system that moves money from one bank account to another electronically.

  • MACMedicare Administrative Contractor – a private health care insurer that has been awarded a geographic jurisdiction to process Medicare or durable medical equipment claims.

  • MLNMedicare Learning Network.

  • NPDBNational Practitioner Data Bank – an online repository of informational reports such as adverse actions on health care practitioners, providers and suppliers and malpractice payments.

  • NPINational Provider Identifier – a unique, intelligence-free (randomly assigned and containing no coded data) 10-digit number issued to U.S. health care providers by CMS.

  • NPP – Non-Physician Practitioner – some examples are physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, audiologists and nurse midwives.

  • NPPESNational Plan and Provider Enumeration System – CMS system that assigns NPI numbers.

  • NSCNational Supplier Clearinghouse — responsible for issuing or revoking Medicare supplier billing privileges for DMEPOS suppliers.

  • PECOSProvider Enrollment and Chain/Ownership System – the electronic portal through which health care providers enroll in Medicare.

  • PTANProvider Transaction Access Number – a Medicare-only provider number issued by MACs when providers are enrolled with Medicare.

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If you require medical credentialing and payer enrollment needs for your practice or medical facility, please contact 1st Assistant. Our experienced and dedicated specialists will provide all credentialing and enrollment services quickly and will monitor your account for ongoing updates and re-attestations. Heidi Henderson, our company owner and President, is eager to meet you and discuss your payer enrollment needs. Please call us at 512.201.2668 or contact us via the website.

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