Registering for CAQH as an optometrist 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 as an optometrist. 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
Step-By-Step Guide To Register for CAQH
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