Experiences Using the National Provider Identifier (NPI)


  • Susan Skillman, MS

    Senior Deputy Director, University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, Investigator with the Collaborative for Rural Primary Care, Research, Education, and Practice (RuralPREP) and Investigator with the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center

  • Davis Patterson, PhD

    Deputy Director, WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, and
    Director of the Collaborative for Rural Primary Care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP), and Investigator, Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington


Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Methodology, Resources for Primary Care Offices, Workforce Supply


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. In this webinar, researchers at the University of Washington WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies and Rural Health Research Center share their experiences using NPI data for studies of the nation’s advanced practice nurse and physician workforces. They describe the strengths, weaknesses, and their remaining questions about using NPI data.


1 hour

Event Date

March 25, 2015