How many NPIs do I need?

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recommends obtaining one NPI (in accordance with federal guidelines) for each Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan provider identification number you use when submitting claims. Federal guidelines also allow for an NPI to be obtained for unique combinations of tax ID, location and taxonomy (specialty) codes.

By choosing the same identification structure for your NPI numbers as your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan provider identification numbers, you will significantly reduce the degree of change required to adopt NPI and allow us to process your claims without manual intervention, which could cause potential delays.

If you are not aligning your NPI numbers with your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan provider identification numbers, be sure to contact your provider consultant so we can work collaboratively to resolve any resulting issues.