Contact: Laurie O'Brien
Phone: 816-309-3896

Audio Seminar on Surviving Your Payer's Identity Crisis
March 23, 2006, 1:00 - 2:30 EST

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 22nd at 5:00 p.m. EST

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC USA -- HIT/HIPAA UPDATE NEWS SERVICE(TM) -- FEBRUARY 15, 2006: The National Provider Identifier (NPI) might be the nation's biggest balance transfer initiative. Between now and May 23, 2007, hundreds of thousands of clinicians will transfer revenue streams tied to dozens of local payer identification numbers to one uniquely assigned number. Once assigned, that provider identifier will link you for the rest of your career to cash flow, privileges and credentialing, health information exchange, prescribing, clearinghouses, plus much more. At first glance, applying for a national provider identifier (NPI) seems straightforward and manageable. But look deeper and you'll find you'll need to think through your NPI application to keep cash flowing without losing ground.

In a 90-minute audio seminar, top industry leaders will help you strategize your application and maintain or boost your revenue stream without losing ground or cash flow.


  • What documents you'll need to apply for an NPI
  • Who is eligible, who is required, who is ineligible, and benefits of getting one How to develop your compliance strategy and avoid fraud and abuse implications
  • Whether to file individually or let an organization file on your behalf
  • How the NPI will be accessed, used, distributed
  • Who's eligible/required/ineligible to obtain an NPI
  • Benefits to your practice and the implications if you don't obtain an NPI
  • Application/Implementation timeline (research, planning, applying, disclosing, issues)
  • Where to go for help

  • Michael Apfel serves as the Chief Privacy Officer at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri. He has served in healthcare for 20 years in multi-entity hospital organizations and physician practice environments. Working with the HIPAA legislation since 1996, he has provided leadership in all facets of HIPAA. Most recently, he co-authored two WEDI White Papers about the NPI, a WEDI discussion paper on the 835 remittance transaction, and is authoring three new papers on the NPI. Michael serves on the steering committee of the WEDI National Provider Identifier Outreach Initiative and is co-chair for the Initiative's Education and Content Work Group. He speaks regularly about the NPI and presented at the recent HIPAA/HIT Summit and WEDI Conferences.

  • Andrea Danes is the Director of Business Development for FOX Systems, Inc., an industry leading consulting firm specializing in services related to healthcare technology adoption and HIPAA compliance, including adoption of the National Provider Identifier (NPI). FOX Systems is the CMS-appointed contractor to manage the NPI enumeration process. Ms. Danes is a 2005 Merit Award recipient and an active member in several of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange/Strategic National Implementation Process (WEDI/SNIP) initiatives, including the National Provider Identifier Outreach Initiative (NPIOI) Steering Committee, Co-chair of the NPIOI Marketing and Outreach Committee, member of the Education Committee, and Co-chair of the Business Issues workgroup. She is an advisory board member to the Southern Healthcare Administrative Regional Process Workgroup (SHARPWorkgroup).

  • Moderator, Carolyn Hartley, is President, CEO of Physicians EHR and editor-in-chief, The Physician's eHealth Report. She also is co-author of HIPAA Plain and Simple, EHR Implementation: A Step by Step Guide for the Medical Practice, and co-author of the forthcoming book, Technical and Financial Guide to EHR Implementation published by the American Medical Association.

  • Physicians and Office Administrators
  • Compliance Managers and Administrators
  • Privacy and Security Officers
  • Certified Public Accountants
  • Billing, Practice Management and EHR Vendors
  • Medical Society Executive Directors
  • Long Term Care Executives

Audio seminars are live events that include session handouts and briefing materials, an interactive question-and-answer period, and access for an unlimited number of participants at each call-in site.


You will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.5 hours which you can submit to your accrediting board for approval for credit.

PowerPoint slides for you to use as critical points when educating your internal audiences and developing your own NPI application plan.

WHEN: March 23, 2006 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST

WHERE: Your Office


We Offer Three Convenient Ways To Register:

  1. Go online by clicking here. Or, go to and select Surviving Your Payer's Identity Crisis from the main page.
  2. Call Laurie O'Brien at (816) 309-3896.
  3. Fax your order to (516) 355-8430. To download the order form, click here.
  • Orders on or before March 18 will receive the early discount price of $199.
    (Orders after March 18 will be charged $229.00)

  • Audio conference registration and briefing materials, plus a CD set of the seminar that can be used for communication, education, and training, $229 before March 18.
    (After March 18, $259.00)

CD recordings of the seminar and briefing materials are available for $199.

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