NATA Now

September 16, 2014 by Todd Christman
Required by many employers, the NPI is the standard identifier among health care professionals. NATA feels that all athletic trainers should have their NPI; in fact, members are now required to have one in order to serve on any NATA committee.

With the goal of increasing athletic trainers' representation amongst other health care professionals and industry leaders, NATA kicked off the "Are You Being Counted?" contest during this year's convention in Indianapolis. To participate, ATs were asked to either 1) apply to receive an NPI for the first time or 2) ensure that their NPI includes the proper athletic trainer taxonomy code (2255A2300X). Members with an existing NPI were automatically entered into the contest and counted for their district.

The two-month long contest closed on Aug. 31, and featured two opportunities to win: First place (and bragging rights, of course) was awarded to the district that had the highest total percentage of ATs with NPIs (Congratulations, District Four!), as well as the district that demonstrated the highest increase in NPI-registered ATs through the contest (you too, District Three!)

Five randomly selected members from each winning district will receive their choice of complimentary #NATA2015 registration or membership dues for one year. Winners must be in good standing with NATA and have their NPI with the athletic training taxonomy code. Stay tuned for announcement of these lucky members!

The real contest winner, however, was the athletic training profession as a whole, with the addition of more than 1,500 NPI-registered ATs. Overall, the number of AT NPIs increased from 14,096 in February 2014 to 15,823 in August 2014. That is 1,727 new athletic trainers represented in the National NPI Registry in just six months!

Final NPI Contest Results: District Standings
 
Category 1: Highest Percentage of Members with NPI
Ranking District Total ATs with NPI2 % Certified Members with NPI
1 District 04            4,099 56.421%
2 District 09            2,443 50.123%
3 District 10                707 49.475%
4 District 01            1,125 48.491%
5 District 02            2,207 44.308%
6 District 03            1,761 44.213%
7 District 06                850 42.079%
8 District 05            1,197 40.303%
9 District 07                665 35.335%
10 District 08                769 28.812%
National          15,823 46.006%
 
Category 2: Largest Percent Increase of Members with NPI
Ranking District Total ATs with NPI2 % Increase in Certified Members with NPI
1 District 03              1,761 4.202%
2 District 07                  665 2.426%
3 District 06                  850 1.970%
4 District 02              2,207 0.957%
5 District 05              1,197 0.919%
6 District 08                  769 0.376%
7 District 09              2,443 -0.083%
8 District 10                  707 -0.294%
9 District 01              1,125 -1.170%
10 District 04              4,099 -2.039%
National            15,823 0.497%
 
Midway NPI Contest Update: State Standings
Category 1: Highest Percentage of Members with NPI
Ranking State Total ATs with NPI2 % Certified Members with NPI
1 DC               52 81.250%
2 Vermont            107 67.296%
3 Michigan            611 60.138%
4 Wisconsin            513 59.651%
5 Arkansas            129 58.636%
National 15,823 46.006%
 
Category 2: Largest Percent Increase of Members with NPI
Ranking State Total ATs with NPI2 % Increase in Certified Members with NPI
1 DC               52 28.618%
2 North Dakota               85 15.799%
3 Maryland            281 8.727%
4 South Carolina            306 6.782%
5 Louisiana            165 5.919%
National 15,823 0.497%
 
Please note: District or state percentage change may be negative due to an increase in membership.

-posted by NATA News Managing Editor Jaimie Siegle (jaimies@nata.org)