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Massachusetts NPs - A License Question!

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NewBostonFNP NewBostonFNP (Member) Nurse

Can you apply for licensure before you have a job? The online APRN licensing application requires that the applicant apply to be a provider (and fill out a provider application) for MassHealth but it appears you need an NPI number for that, which, as you know, you can't get without a job.

Help! I feel like such an idiot that I can't see to do this but the application company, my school, MassHealth have nothing to offer in the way of help!

Thanks!

Neuro Guy NP, DNP, PhD, APRN

Specializes in Vascular Neurology and Neurocritical Care. Has 9 years experience.

You do not need a job to get an NPI number.

Dembitz, APRN

Has 7 years experience.

You can and should apply for your license before your get a job. You won't be able to get a MA controlled substance registration until you are hired.

to apply for the Board of Massachusetts it asking to check the box that states " I am enrolled in MassHealth as a fully participating provider or non-billing provider OR I have submitted a thoroughly completed application to be a fully participating provider or non-billing provider AND signed a provider contract to MassHealth"

do I check that box without been enrolled in masshealth?

I am having the same issue. It requires that you sign up for MassHealth, which requires you have a license number and dea number ... it makes no sense. Did you find the answer to this problem? I emailed the credentialing company and I haven’t received a response.

ADillon1

Specializes in PNP. Has 15 years experience.

I am having the same issue...does anyone know the answer to this question?

Was anyone able to find the answers to these questions? Do you have to have a NPI number before completing the APRN license? I'd appreciate it if anybody could answer!

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 4 years experience.

22 minutes ago, Joy20 said:

Was anyone able to find the answers to these questions? Do you have to have a NPI number before completing the APRN license? I'd appreciate it if anybody could answer!

You don't need an NPI for the MA CNP license application. However, you'll need one for virtually everything else and it takes 30 minutes to get your NPI.

nursenerd19

Has 5 years experience.

Did anyone find the answer to this question?

To apply for the Board of Massachusetts, it asks to check the box that states " I am enrolled in MassHealth as a fully participating provider or non-billing provider OR I have submitted a thoroughly completed application to be a fully participating provider or non-billing provider AND signed a provider contract to MassHealth". 

It doesn't state anywhere on the Mass.gov site that this is a requirement for the APRN application. Any insight is GREALY appreciated!!

MentalKlarity, BSN, NP

Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 8 years experience.

Anyone know current timeline for Massachusetts RN and APRN license application?

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 4 years experience.

15 hours ago, nursenerd19 said:

Did anyone find the answer to this question?

To apply for the Board of Massachusetts, it asks to check the box that states " I am enrolled in MassHealth as a fully participating provider or non-billing provider OR I have submitted a thoroughly completed application to be a fully participating provider or non-billing provider AND signed a provider contract to MassHealth". 

It doesn't state anywhere on the Mass.gov site that this is a requirement for the APRN application. Any insight is GREALY appreciated!!

This is a fairly new requirement.

Call MassHealth provider line to obtain a tracking number, then find the "MassHealth non-billing provider form" and fill it out (if you don't have a license number you can just put 'pending'). You'll need to put in that tracking number on the form. Once you filled out the form and mail it, you can check the box on your application. 

nursenerd19

Has 5 years experience.

Thank you umbdude! I had been on hold with customer service for over an hour yesterday and finally got through today. For anyone encountering this in the future I found out through Mass.gov and MassHealth customer service that you would fill out the MassHealth non-billing provider form. You actually do not need a tracking number and Masshealth will not provide you with one for the non-billing form - you can just leave this space blank. You can leave all the other information blank if you do not have a license number or job yet. This is a new MA requirement as of 2019.