Applying for Medicare Provider Numbers


Department of Human Services resources for health professionals applying for Medicare Provider Numbers

Each year between now and April, The Department sees an increase in people applying for their first Medicare provider number. As they assess each application carefully, the increased volume means the time to process applications can take up to 6 weeks.

They advise health professionals seeking to apply for a provider number to do so early, so they can start work in the coming months. They must have a provider number to bill patients, make a referral, prescribe or request services.

More information about the processing times is available at

Eligible health professionals who already have a provider number can get additional numbers quickly and easily online through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS).

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