National Provider Identifier (NPI) to Unique Physician Identification Number (UPIN) Crosswalk
The National Provider Indetifier (NPI) became the national standard identifier in May 2007.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed the
National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES)
to assign unique identifiers to health care providers.
The NPPES files contain all of the FOIA-disclosable data
for active and deactivated providers in NPPES.
The raw NPPES files for 2008 on contain up to 50 other identifiers per NPI which can have any of the following types:
Jean Roth created the NPI to UPIN crosswalk below from the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) downloadable data file for greater ease of use. An NPI can and often does have more than one UPIN associated with it. The crosswalk includes identifiers of any stated type if they look like a UPIN. That is, if they begin with a letter followed by five digits.
One limitation of this dataset is that the provider had to include their old UPIN on the NPI application in order for the UPIN to appear here.
To keep only records for individuals, I suggest dropping records with upintype == 4 (Group UPIN) or entity == 2 (Entity is an Organization, not an Individual).
The upintype and pcredential variables may be helpful for identifying and keeping only providers of certain types.
UPIN types are the following:
To report problems or if you have comments or suggestions , e-mail Jean Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org