Applying to become a Medicare provider can be a daunting task! First you have to decide which application(s) you need and then work your way through the long application.Â Here are a few quick tips that actually apply to any credentialing application you make. I would say they fall into the “essential” category.
- If you don’t understand what is being asked for, pick up the phone and call. Medicare, and most other insurance companies are willing to help you.
- Dot every single “i” and cross every single “t”.Â Any omissionsÂ will prevent your application from moving forward until it’s corrected.
- Keep a log of who you have talked to, when and what was said. It will be invaluable later on. (This applies later when you are trying to get paid as well.)
- Always…keep a copy of what you have sent in!
I should have started with…get your NPI number first! All applications with all insurance companies now require them.