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How To Register for CAQH as an Optometrist

Mar 25, 2014
2 min read

Registering for CAQH makes life a lot easier to get credentialed on insurance plans as an optometrist. Many medical and vision insurance companies use CAQH.


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

Email: caqh.updhelp@acsgs.com

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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About Matt Geller, OD

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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