How to Become a VSP Provider

Mar 25, 2014
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It is essential to become a VSP Provider as a new graduate optometrist. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to become a VSP provider in your state.

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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

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Step 1: Complete the introductory requirements

In order to become a VSP provider, you must:

  1. Get your optometry license (see our guide that gives step-by-step instructions on how to get your optometry license in each state)
  2. Find a place to practice
  3. 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
  4. Obtain your NPI number
  5. Begin the medicare enrollment process (see our 41 Step Guide to Become a Medicare Provider w/ Screenshots)
  6. 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

  1. Fill out the VSP application form
  2. You’ll receive a call back from VSP

Step 3: Wait for a call back from VSP

  1. 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.
  2. It takes approximately 45-60 days to complete the initial credentialing process.

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Dr. Matt Geller is an entrepreneur with a track record of developing successful online platforms to solve problems in the healthcare space. Matt is the co-founder and CEO of CovalentCareers and NewGradOptometry.


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