Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Participating Provider
- Who can become an AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania participating provider?
- Is AmeriHealth Caritas actively recruiting for my specialty?
- What can I expect during the initial credentialing application process?
- What can I expect to happen after I submit my information to CAQH or complete the Pennsylvania Provider Standard paper application?
- How soon after I submit my application can I start servicing and treating AmeriHealth Caritas members?
- How can I check the status of my credentialing application?
- Once I have been credentialed, how often do I need to be recredentialed?
Who can become an AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania participating provider?
Individuals with appropriate training, licensure and certification who:
- Sign a AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania Participating Provider Agreement (or join a group that has a Participating Provider Agreement with AmeriHealth Caritas)
- Participate in the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance (MA) Program and maintain a valid PROMISe™ Provider Identification Number
- Have one or more offices located in list counties here
- View the full list of criteria required for participation
To enroll in the Pennsylvania MA Program, go to the Department of Human Services (DHS) website.
Is AmeriHealth Caritas actively recruiting for my specialty?
Every request for participation in the AmeriHealth Caritas provider network, whether as a primary care practitioner or as a specialist, is evaluated against the current need to serve and treat our membership in our five county coverage area.
For more information on specialties AmeriHealth Caritas is actively recruiting, please contact Provider Networking at 1-866-546-7972.
What can I expect during the initial credentialing application process?
- Register with CAQH and provide all required information.
- Or, if you prefer to complete the paper credentialing process, you must complete a Pennsylvania Standard Application (PDF) that includes signature and current date.
- Submit all licenses, DEA, board certification, education and training, and hospital affiliation information to CAQH or AmeriHealth Caritas, which will be verified prior to the credentialing/recredentialing decision.
As part of the application process, AmeriHealth Caritas will:
- Conduct a site visit and medical record-keeping review upon initial credentialing for all PCPs and OB/GYNs. Scores for these reviews must be 85 percent or greater.
- Request information on provider sanctions prior to making a credentialing or re-credentialing decision. Information from the National Provider Data Bank (NPDB), Health Integrity Provider Data Bank (HIPDB), Federation of State Medical Board (FSMB), Medicheck (Medicaid Program exclusions), HHS Office of Inspector General (Medicare exclusions), Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (CIN-BAD), and Pennsylvania State Disciplinary Action report will be reviewed as applicable.
- Maintain the confidentiality of, and safeguard, the information received for the purpose of credentialing and re-credentialing.
What can I expect to happen after I submit my information to CAQH or complete the Pennsylvania Provider Standard paper application?
- After AmeriHealth Caritas receives your credentialing application, it is reviewed for completeness. If pertinent information is lacking, the application will be returned to you for completion or a Credentialing Coordinator may contact you and request the necessary information. After the initial review of the application, our Credentialing Department verifies your credentials (e.g., license, DEA, board certification, etc.) and presents the information to the AmeriHealth Caritas Credentialing Committee for a final determination on your inclusion in the network. Additionally, an office site visit, with medical record review, is conducted for all PCP and OB/GYN office locations to ensure that your office site and office standards are conducive to adequately treating AmeriHealth Caritas members.
- You have the right to review the credentialing information collected by AmeriHealth Caritas, with the exception of references, recommendations and peer review-protected information. When a discrepancy is identified between the information that you submitted and the information obtained during the verification process, the AmeriHealth Caritas Credentialing department will notify you for explanation and/or correction.
- You have the right to appeal any credentialing/re-credentialing denial within 30 days of receiving written notification of the decision.
How soon after I submit my application can I start servicing and treating AmeriHealth Caritas members?
The process normally takes about 90 days. You will be notified via letter that you have been credentialed by the plan, and will receive a second notice from the plan that includes your AmeriHealth Caritas participating ID number. Once you receive the second notice, you may begin seeing AmeriHealth Caritas members.
How can I check the status of my credentialing application?
To check on the status of your credentialing application, simply call 1-800-642-3510, option 2. Follow the prompts to check on your credentialing application. You can also inquire about the status of your application or send questions to our secure e-mail.
Once I have been credentialed, how often do I need to be recredentialed?
After initial credentialing, AmeriHealth Caritas providers are required to be re-credentialed every three years.