West Virginia Medicaid Provider List with National Provider Identifier number, West Virginia state Licensed Healthcare Practitioner List with NPI number (West Virginia Board Of Optometry)

Kamran Ahmed filed this request with the West Virginia Board Of Optometry of West Virginia.
Multi Request West Virginia Medicaid Provider List with National Provider Identifier number, West Virginia state Licensed Healthcare Practitioner List with NPI number
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From: Kamran Ahmed

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records that include an updated list of all West Virginia State Medicaid healthcare providers with the inclusion of their National Provider Indentifier (NPI) number. I am also requesting ALL Kansas state licensed healthcare providers in electronic data set with the inclusion of their National Provider Indentifier (NPI) number, if they are available (CSV electronic data format is preferred; however, excel or PDF electronic formats are also acceptable). The Medicaid and state health care licensee list should include Physicians (MD, DO), Telemedicine, Physician Assistants, Nurses, CRNA, Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Dentists, Podiatrists, Dental Assistants, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Optometrists, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Social Workers, Marriage and Family therapists, Psychologists, Emergency Medical Personnel (EMTs, Paramedics), Respiratory Therapists and so on. All types of practitioners from all dates electronically available would be appreciated. Specific items to be included in data set:
1. Provider name
2. National Provider Identifier (NPI) number
3. West Virginia State Healthcare License number and initial date of issuance or expiry (if available/applicable)
4. Education / School/Training, if available
5. Provider type (MD, DO, PA, RN, PT, OT, OD, CRNA, DMD, DDS, DPM etc)
6. Provider Specialty
7. Provider Practice Location
8. Please include Data Dictionary describing state Medicaid and state Licensure Data Sets
9. Please provide (if there is an existing) a static website link to verify an individual’s state healthcare licensure status provided by any and all available state healthcare licensing boards (Medical Board, Nursing, Dental, Optometry, Podiatry, Psychology, PT, OT, Radiologic Technologist, Respiratory Therapy, Chiropractor, Speech Therapy, Family Counseling, Social Work, etc).
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please email me if the cost will exceed $50. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s healthcare transparency, healthcare access, fairness and greater overall public awareness.
The law requires that you respond to and fulfill this request "as promptly as possible." If you expect a significant delay in responding to and fulfilling this request, please contact me by phone or via email with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.
Thank you for considering my request.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Kamran Ahmed

From: West Virginia Board Of Optometry

The WV Board of Optometry has forwarded your request to the Attorney General’s Office. Unfortunately, our assigned attorney resigned in late June, and the AG’s Office has not replaced him yet. The request was forwarded to his supervisor Kelli Talbot. I have not received a response from her. I will let you know in advance that some of the information you request is not collected by the Board. We don’t ask for or retain information regarding which insurance or payment programs that the optometrist chooses to make an agreement with. Therefore we have no NPI numbers in our records. Perhaps the state Medicaid Department under the Department of Health and Human Service may have that information. Optometrists don’t have specialties. However there are different levels of licensure indicated by the dash capital letters tag listed as part of the optometrist’s license number. I have attached a copy of that key. The initialisms have not changed since 2019.

Sincerely,

Pamela Carper

Executive Director

WV Board of Optometrry

179 Summers Street, #231

Charleston, WV 25301

Phone 304-558-5901 Fax: 304-558-5908

E-mail: wvbdopt@frontier.com <mailto:wvbdopt@frontier.com>

Website: www.wvbo.org <http://www.wvbo.org>

From: Kamran Ahmed

Dear Pamela,

Thank you for taking the time to clarify and also for sending the Optometry licensing key.

Best,

kamran

From: West Virginia Board Of Optometry

I still have not heard from Ms. Talbot. Therefore I am attaching the public list of WV License Optometrists. The cost of this list is normally $200.00. The origination date, license number, name and address is included. The list is updated as of 7/9/21. Every license is issued on a state fiscal year basis which is July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next. The optometrists on this list have licenses that expire on 6/30/22. You may also use the Locate an Optometrist feature to verify if a person has an active license. The Board only houses active licenses on the website. If you enter the person’s name and any information comes up, the person is actively licensed. Once again all licenses are issued on the same annual basis. Therefore any licensee listed in Find an Optometrist is active with an expiration date of June 30, 2022.

I have also attached the disciplinary report. It is current. There have been no formal disciplinary actions in quite some time. The disciplinary report is posted on the homepage of the website at www.wvbo.org. The attached information along with the licensing key sent earlier gives you all of the information that the board retains on your list of requests.

Sincerely,

Pamela Carper

Executive Director

WV Board of Optometrry

179 Summers Street, #231

Charleston, WV 25301

Phone 304-558-5901 Fax: 304-558-5908

E-mail: wvbdopt@frontier.com <mailto:wvbdopt@frontier.com>

Website: www.wvbo.org <http://www.wvbo.org>

From: Kamran Ahmed

Dear Ms. Carper,

Thank you for sharing Optometry provider list. I appreciate your timely help. God Bless.

Sincerely,

Kamran Ahmed

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