Registering for CAQH makes life a lot easier to become a provider on insurance plans as an optometrist. Both medical and vision plans use CAQH in their credentialing process.
The hard part is getting onto CAQH. It can take almost 2 hours to fill out all the information they need.
What is CAQH
CAQH stands for the “Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare”. CAQH does a bunch of stuff but today we are focused on their CAQH ProView, the next generation of UPD – “Universal Provider Datasource.” ProView allows optometrists and other healthcare professionals in all 50 states to enter all of their information free-of-charge into a secure database. You, and only you, now have the power to authorize healthcare organizations, on a one-by-one basis, to access all of that information. In summary – the CAQH ProView eliminates redundant paperwork and reduces administrative workload.
My Experience with CAQH
- Difficult to get started
- Takes a very long time to complete
- Frustrating to upload “supporting documents”
- Big learning curve
- Makes life A LOT easier once you are done (and that is what matters)
- Overall a GREAT tool and well worth it
CAQH Contact Information
Phone: CAQH Support Desk at 1-888-599-1771
Help Desk hours: 7am-9pm ET Monday – Thursday and 7am-7pm ET on Fridays
Supporting documents should be faxed toll-free to 1-866-293-0414
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