Glossary of Terms

National Provider Identifier (NPI)
NPI is a unique identification number for covered health care providers. NYS Medicaid will transition to the use of NPI for all providers. NPI will assist NYS ability to recognize and properly reimburse claims.
Natural Supports
Relationships that occur in everyday life in the community where a consumer lives and works. Natural supports can include, but are not limited to, family members, friends, neighbors, clergy, and other acquaintances. Such supports help consumers develop a sense of social belonging, dignity, and self-esteem.