The NPI deadline has come and gone. Whats the verdict?
Well, the insurance companies seemed to have their shit together (for once). I expected the same shit as when Medicrap part D hit the fan but only encountered minor bugs and glitches.
Doctors however need to get their heads out of their asses. Either that, or inform their front staff what the hell an NPI number is.
You have no idea how many times I heard “All the pharmacies are calling me for this NPI number! I don’t know what it is, and I don’t have it!” from doctors offices. Yeah honey, I realize your high school education didn’t prepare you for “real life”, but when everyone and their brother are calling you for something, don’t you think you should ASK someone else in the office so you don’t sound like a total ditz on the phone? Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize you’re the doctors daughter, now you really have no excuse.
Also, if you are in hospital administration, and I’m calling you asking for a list of all the doctors in the hospital and their NPI numbers, don’t give me some bullshit excuse on why you cant fax me the list. Unlike you, I don’t like to sit on the phone (among my other pharmacy breatheren) and waste time calling your fat lazy ass 10 times a day for something on a list that would take you 2 seconds to fax to me. Seriously, its not a HIPAA violation to send me the list. You’re a friggin idiot for even thinking so. So I’m going to call you, 20 times a day, and every time I’m going to YELL at you for not sending me the list.
However many hospitals were on the ball, and immediately said “Whats your fax/email, i’ll send you the whole list”. To them, I (and the rest of the pharmacies in town) are grateful.
The best nut-kicker of this whole ordeal, is that to bill for Medicare part B stuff (and State Medicaide) we do NOT use the NPI numbers. Thats right folks, the feds make us switch to this new number, but they themselves dont use it. Why am I not surprised.
Oh, and have any of you seen how to calculate the checksum digit for the NPI number (to see if its valid). My small pharmacist brain cant handle that much mathmagic voodoo. Go look it up. Why cant it be as easy as the DEA checksum?
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