|ABC Obtains Taxonomy Code for Pedorthists|
ABC Obtains Taxonomy Code for Pedorthists
The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) announces that it has successfully secured the long-awaited unique Taxonomy Code for Pedorthists from the National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC). Through ABC's efforts, this new code was approved on July 1, 2010. The Level II taxonomy code for Pedorthists is 224L00000X and will become effective on October 1, 2010.
Taxonomy codes, also called Specialty Codes, are an administrative code set for identifying the provider type and area of specialization for health care providers. These codesare maintained by NUCC and selected by providers to indicate their specialty area of practice. Some payers are beginning to request a provider's taxonomy code to identify their specialty designation/s during an enrollment process. As the move towards better utilization of electronic data exchange continues, taxonomy codes are now being linked within a provider's enrollment or re-enrollment; including the process to obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI) through the National Plan & Provider Enumeration System (NPPES).
It should be noted that taxonomy codes are self selected and does not infer an expansion of an individual's ability to provide certain services. ABC believes that taxonomy codes should accurately reflect the nationally recognized scope of practice of credentialed and/or licensed individuals and the new specialty code for Pedorthists accomplishes that goal.
According to Cathy Carter, Executive Director of ABC, "The creation of a specific taxonomy code for pedorthists is something that ABC feels is an important step in the continuing effort to raise awareness of the profession and sustain its growth for the future. Obtaining the code involved a lengthy process but was something that ABC was absolutely committed to achieving."
Additional information and a complete listing of all taxonomy codes are available at the National Uniform Claim Committee by clicking here.