taxonomy, in a broad sense the science of classification, but more strictly the classification of living and extinct organisms—i.e., biological classification. The term is derived from the Greek taxis (“arrangement”) and nomos (“law”).
Provider types include individuals, facilities, and vendors. The provider's specialty is a value indicating what field of medicine a provider has additional education in to make him/her a specialist in a certain field. NOTE: Provider type codes may not be unique to one provider type.
Effective January 1, 2020, taxonomy codes will be required when submitting professional claims for all HAP and HAP Empowered lines of business. This is consistent with National Uniform Billing Guidelines and is critical for accurate and timely claims processing.Jan 1, 2020
--Specialty codes are self-designated and describe the kind of medicine physicians, non-physician practitioners or other healthcare providers/suppliers practice. A physician, non-physician practitioner or other healthcare provider or supplier will submit a specialty code change via the Form CMS-855 application.
To change or add a Taxonomy code:
- Select Add Taxonomy.
- Once you have selected the desired Taxonomy code, it will allow you to input an associated license and state of issue, if applicable.
- Select Save to store the new information and return to a list of all Taxonomy and licenses currently on the record.
The Health Care Provider Taxonomy code is a unique alphanumeric code, ten characters in length. The code set is structured into three distinct "Levels" including Provider Grouping, Classification, and Area of Specialization. The National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC) is presently maintaining the code set.
one taxonomy code A practitioner can have more than one taxonomy code, due to training, board certifications. etc. It is critical to register all applicable taxonomy codes with NPPES and to use the correct taxonomy code that represents the specific specialty when filing claims.May 9, 2016