I signed up for many different medical and vision insurance plans. VSP was the easiest process because:
Step-by-step guide to becoming a VSP provider
Step 1: Complete the introductory requirements
In order to become a VSP provider, you must:
- Get your optometry license (see our guide that gives step-by-step instructions on how to get your optometry license in each state)
- Find a place to practice
- Get liability insurance—you must have your own professional liability insurance of at least $1 million per occurrence / $3 million aggregate to become a VSP provider
- Obtain your NPI number
- Begin the medicare enrollment process (see our 41 Step Guide to Become a Medicare Provider w/ Screenshots)
- Register with CAQH
See this in-depth guide for additional guidance on satisfying these core requirements. You'll need to satisfy these requirements to become a provider with nearly every medical or vision plan.
For guidance on applying to additional plans, check out our in-depth Optometrist Credentialing Guide.
Step 2: Log on to the VSP website and apply
- Fill out the VSP application form
- You’ll receive a call back from VSP
Step 3: Wait for a call back from VSP
- After submitting your request, you’ll be contacted by a VSP representative within 3-5 business days. They’ll discuss the information needed to complete your application and next steps.
- It takes approximately 45-60 days to complete the initial credentialing process.
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Step-by-step credentialing guides
The credentialing process for different insurance plans varies quite a bit. Some plans are relatively simple and others require much more work. The below guides walk you through the process for the most common vision and medical insurance plans.
- 41 Step Guide to Become a Medicare Provider w/ Screenshots
- How Optometrists join Medicare as an Independent Contractor 1099
- The Complete Medicare Resource List
- How to Become an AlwaysCare Provider
- How to Become a Blue Shield of California Provider
- How to Become a Davis Vision Provider
- How to Become an EyeBenefits Provider
- How to Become an Eyemed Provider
- How to Become an EyeQuest Provider
- How to Become a Humana Vision Provider
- How to Become a Humana Medical Provider
- How to Become a Spectera Provider
- How to Become a United Health Care Provider
- How to Become a Vision Plan of America Provider
- How to Become a Vision Benefits of America Provider
- How to Become a VSP Provider