The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is implementing a contingency plan for covered entities, other than small health plans, who will not meet the May 23, 2007, deadline for compliance with the National Provider Identifier (NPI) regulations that fall under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The new enforcement guidelines allow covered entities that have been making a good faith effort to comply with the NPI provisions to implement, for up to 12 months, contingency plans that could include accepting legacy provider numbers on HIPAA transactions in order to maintain operations and cash flow.

Visit to access the NPI application and designate sleep medicine as your specialty with the new healthcare provider taxonomy codes (HPTC).

Listed below are the 10-digit codes for sleep medicine that are located within their respective classifications:

  • Internal Medicine – Sleep Medicine 207RS0012X
  • Otolaryngology – Sleep Medicine 207YS0012X
  • Pediatrics – Sleep Medicine 2080S0012X
  • Psychiatry & Neurology – Sleep Medicine 2084S0012X