Experiences Using the National Provider Identifier (NPI) for Health Workforce Research

Wednesday, March 25, 2:00 – 3:00pm Eastern


  • Sue Skillman, MS, Deputy Director
    • Center for Health Workforce Studies
    • University of Washington
  • Davis Patterson, PhD, Deputy Director
    • WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    • University of Washington 

The NPI is an administrative tool of the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) used for processing claims and transferring health care information. The NPI can also be useful in studies of the health workforce. Researchers at the University of Washington WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies and Rural Health Research Center will share their experiences using NPI data for studies of the nation’s advanced practice nurse and physician workforces. They will describe the strengths, weaknesses, and their remaining questions about using NPI data.


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