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1 p. 1 Credentialing – The Complete Cycle Dianne Bryant, CPCS, CPMSM, Medical Staff Coordinator Blount Memorial Hospital Maryville, Tennessee Valeigh Osborne, CPCS, Manager, Credentialing BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc. Chattanooga, Tennessee Sheri Wahl Yendrek, Director, Payor Credentialing and Enrollment Regional One Health and University of Tennessee Regional One Physicians Memphis, Tennessee

2 p. 2 Objectives 1)Understand Key Terms and Definitions 2)Understand how Hospital Credentialing, Payor Enrollment and Payor Credentialing Relate 3)Understand Key Elements for Hospital Membership and Privileging 4)Understand Key Elements for Payor Enrollment – Provider Side 5)Understand Key Elements for a Managed Care Company Credentialing

3 p. 3 Key Terms and Definitions 1.Credentialing – “umbrella term” used for hospital, medical groups, third party payors to verify provider’s credentials and history 2.Hospital Credentialing – The formal recognition and attestation of current medical professional and/or technical clinical competence to grant medical staff membership 3.Provider Enrollment – The process of enrolling a provider with an payor so as to receive reimbursement for services performed 4.PIN – Provider Identification Number issued by Payors 5.PTAN (Provider Transaction Access Number) – Medicare’s provider number 6. PAR – Provider is enrolled (participating) with and will be paid rates under a contract or agreement with an Payor 7.NON PAR – Provider is NOT enrolled and will NOT be paid contracted/agreed upon reimbursements and will either be paid out of network rates usually lower than agreed upon rates with PAR payors, and/or payment will be expected from patients and in some cases payments are sent to the patient 8.Enrollment Application – the Payor specific application that must be completed, submitted, and approved by the Payor in order to become PAR 9.Retroactive Enrollment – some Payor companies will only enroll and reimburse a provider effective with the application received and approved date by the Payor, some will ‘back date’ the enrollment date so services prior to the application submission date could be paid (retroactive enrollment)

4 p. 4 Key Terms and Definitions (continued) 9.Place of Service – The location where services are provided 10.TIN – Tax Identification Number – the federal tax number that the provider or group is assigned or attached to for reporting income 11.Remittance Address – The address where payments will be remitted on behalf of the enrolled provider – can be a lockbox address at the bank 12.Supporting Documentation/Primary Source Documentation – The original credentials and documents required by the Payor company to validate licensure, specialty, experience, identity 13.Delegated Credentialing – The process of reducing the enrollment timeframe by shifting the responsibility of verifying Primary Source Documentation from the Payor Company to the Hospital or to a medical group that meets requirements 14.CAQH – Counsel for Affordable Quality Healthcare. An online data warehouse which allows for provider enrollments for multiple Payor companies – over 200 payors use this 15.EFT – Electronic Funds Transfer – during the enrollment process your individual PIN and TIN must be attached to a bank account for reimbursement to be automatically deposited to your account vs. receiving a check in the mail 16.ERA – Electronic Remittance Advice – the electronic receipt of your explanation of benefits which can be posted electronically in the billing system 17.NPI - unique 10-digit identification number issued to health care providers by CMS. It replaced the UPIN as the required identifier, and is used by other payers, including commercial healthcare insurers

5 p. 5 Primary Reason for Provider Credentialing? PATIENT SAFETY

6 p. 6 Hospital Credentialing, Membership and Privileging Dianne Bryant

7 p. 7 What Is Hospital Credentialing? Credentialing makes sure that the healthcare provider is who they say they are, they have been trained to do the privileges they are requesting, and they are physically able and competent to do those privileges.

8 p. 8 RULES, RULES, & MORE RULES You’re not the boss of me!

9 p. 9 EVIDENCE BASED EVALUATION Practitioner credentialing based on objective assessment of the practitioner’s medical knowledge and clinical skills, as well as evaluations of the practitioner’s professionalism and active participation as a team member in the care system.

10 p. 10 Evidence Based Evaluation – How’d You do That? 1. Proof of identity 2. Education & training 3. Military service 4. Professional licensure 5. DEA 6. Board certification 7. Work history

11 p. 11 Evidence Based Evaluation – How’d You do That? 8. Criminal background check 9. Sanctions 10. Health status 11. NPDB 12. Malpractice Insurance 13. Professional references

12 p. 12 Payor Enrollment Sheri Wahl Yendrek

13 p. 13 Credentialing Enrollment  The process by which a a medical group or a provider works with payor groups for participation in a payor network. Requires negotiation of:  Contracts  Fee schedules  Enrollment Action  The process for obtaining, reviewing, and verifying the documentation of professional providers for the purpose of granting hospital membership and/or privileges. Such documentation includes:  Licensure  Certifications  Proof of Payor  Malpractice history  Training & Work History  History of Criminal Behavior  Generally includes both reviewing the information provided by the provider and verifying that the information is correct and complete (Primary Source Verification). Definition – Credentialing vs. Enrollment

14 p. 14 Provider Enrollment and the Revenue Cycle Provider Enrollment is a critical piece of the Revenue Cycle If MD is not enrolled correctly, timely, and with all payors, MD will not be paid If provider is not enrolled correctly or at the time services are rendered, claims will not be accepted by the payor company and will be either denied or paid NON PAR or the patient will receive a bill for the services.

15 p. 15 Key Requirements for Enrollment Acceptable notification timeline Accurate information re: start date, practice locations, etc. Completed enrollment applications TN (or other state-specific) license DEA registered site of practice Med/Mal coverage Board certification or board “eligible” for less than 5 years from completion of highest level of training Letter of agreement from in-network provider to cover hospital admissions and/or controlled prescriptions pending such by new provider Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAHQ) access NPI - access to the NPPES for NPI maintenance

16 p. 16 Key Steps to Provider Enrollment - Initial Initial Enrollment  The process of becoming enrolled for the first time with an Payor  For each Provider there are many payors that require separate applications and submission procedures – some 20 pages long  CAQH – enables multiple payor enrollment under 1 application process  However requires re-attestation/revalidation of provider information every 90 days  If validation does not occur the profile will expire and claims may be denied  Primary payors in Tennessee that need enrollment are:  Medicare – Cahaba for GA and TN  Medicaid – TN and other contiguous states  TNCARE  BCBS – TN; for contiguous states – must be licensed in that state  Cigna, Aetna, United Healthcare, Tricare  Amerigroup Tenncare  Each Payor has rules for backdating/retroactive payments for services provided prior to enrollment approval

17 p. 17 Key Steps to Provider Enrollment Retroactive Rules Backdating Enrollment Approval dates by Payor a)Medicare (Cahaba) i.will go retroactive (back date) 30 days from application received ii.Application processing time is no less than days and is at peak times 180 days iii.Services provided prior to enrollment date will be denied as provider not enrolled and are not collectible from patients iv.Railroad Medicare – will use Medicare’s effective date – Must have a RRM claim to initiate enrollment – takes EXACTLY 60 days b)Medicaid i.TN Medicaid may use the Medicare effective date with an appeal ii.GA Medicaid may go 30 days from application date with an appeal iii.Application process is no less than 90 days c)TNCARE – TN Medicaid Managed Care Organization i.Must have TN Medicaid Number to enroll with: i.Blue Care, TNCARE Select, Amerigroup, United Community Plan ii.Will not go retroactive iii.Application process is no less than 90 days d)BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, United - No retroactive

18 p. 18 Provider Enrollment Timelines - Best and Worst Case Steps to EnrollBest Case TimelineWorst Case Timeline Offer of Employment starts the enrollment process Packet to Provider0 Days1 week + Provider signs Employment Contract Packet Complete1 week4 weeks + Enrollment applications sent to payors Medicare Par2 months6 months + Commercial Par2 months6 months + TN Medicaid1.5 months (post MC #) 3 months + Enrollment Complete3.5 months9-12 months +

19 p. 19 Key Steps to Provider Enrollment – Reasons for Delays Provider Delays 4Too busy 4Fails to send complete info. 4Delays in signing documents 4Waiting for DEA license, malpractice, hospital privilege 4VISA/immigration issues 4Provides incomplete CV 4MD doesn’t explain gaps in work history 4Name mismatch on TN license and SS card PROVIDER IS RESPONSIBLE Carrier Delays 4Carrier restrictions (i.e. non- board certified MDs) 4We recruit providers not acceptable to certain payors and hospitals 4We provide incorrect info (e.g., real start date) leads to late or incorrect application 4Out-of-State Medicaid Enrollment Enrollment Team Delays Every time a provider needs to add a location of service, the enrollment team must complete an add/change form to the payors. If change is not made timely and accurately, claims will be denied and/or delayed.

20 p. 20 Problematic Enrollment Medicare NPI required for Medicare enrollment Name must match TN license and SS card. Mismatches must be corrected. Multiple group provider numbers and group NPI numbers Medicaids BCBS TN Will not retro effective dates Don’t drop claims until Electronic Claims letter received (letter 2) Other Commercial Payors – Will not retro ( day enrollment period) Railroad Medicare Must have generated a RRM claim Must have a Medicare number 60 days firm for enrollment

21 p. 21 Key Steps to Provider Enrollment – Re-Enrollment The process of Re-Enrollment requires that Providers ‘re-enroll’ at certain payor defined timeframes – years If provider does not re-enroll with the payor as required they will terminate enrollment/participation and stop paying Re Attestation is the same as Re-Enrollment Expirables need to managed – they must be kept current State Licensure Malpractice Certificate of Insurance (facesheet) DEA License Board Certification CAQH – requires validation every 90 days

22 p. 22 Enrollment Structure  Providers and Payors prefer to work with one person in the group  Saves MD and group time & money  This process gets the majority of doctors enrolled faster & more accurately, so payors are more likely to accept & pay claims in a timely fashion  Enrollment manager must keep up with payor policies & regulations to prevent errors & false starts

23 p. 23 Credentialing with Managed Care Companies Make sure your practitioner has filled out his/her application with CAQH Begin this process immediately – when you have a new practitioner Contact the Managed Care Company and request to be in their networks. Maintain all information with CAQH – instead of contacting the Managed Care Company – CAQH should be the hub for Managed Care information. CAQH – requires validation every 90 days

24 p. 24 Managed Care Company Third Party Payor Valeigh Osborne, CPCS

25 p. 25 Credentialing with Managed Care Companies Difference between Hospital Credentialing and Managed Care Credentialing is: Privileging vs. Specialty Designation Ensure members receive quality medical care from qualified practitioners/providers Establish accountability Compliance with regulatory boards NCQA – National Committee on Quality Assurance URAC State Requirements – Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Minimize or prevent legal risk Attract the most qualified practitioners Consumers and purchasers assume MCO’s have a practitioner screening and/or selection process

26 p. 26 Credentialing with Managed Care Companies The credentialing process applies to: Anyone that is listed in our Provider Directories MD’s/DO’s Allied practitioners Mid-level practitioners Facilities Ancillary facilities Hospitalist Excludes: Hospital Based Practitioners (RAP’s) Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Pathology, etc.

27 p. 27 Credentialing with Managed Care Companies BCBST Utilizes CACTUS ® software for Credentialing General items verified: License and DEA Education and Board Certification National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Certificate of Malpractice Insurance (Face Sheet) Hospital privileges Any item that seems adverse – malpractice, sanctions, etc. All practitioner/provider records are stored on a secure drive with limited access to ensure confidentiality.

28 p. 28 Credentialing with Managed Care Companies Process of re-verifying information that can change overtime every three (3) years for Practitioners and Providers. Keeping expiring information up to date with CAQH, will ensure that the information is current when it is needed by any Managed Care Company. Information obtained by BCBST such as Member Complaints & Satisfaction; Quality Improvement Activities; Medical Record Reviews/Site Reviews

29 p. 29 Credentialing with Managed Care Companies On-Going Monitoring by Managed Care Companies Review the following MONTHLY: License Medicare/Medicaid Sanctions Performed Quarterly by Credentialing Department License Medicare/Medicaid Sanctions Member Complaint information

30 p. 30 Credentialing with Managed Care Companies Credentialing Committee consists of BCBST Medical Directors as well as Network practitioners who are bound by confidentiality. Internal Physicians External Physicians Provider Network/Contract Management Health Care Services Management Credentialing Staff Non Physician Practitioner Legal Department Meets monthly – DO NOT RUBBER STAMP!!

31 p. 31 Credentialing with Managed Care Companies Appeals process Multiple level process as set forth in the HealthCare Quality Improvement Act of 1986 Letter appeal Informal Hearing Formal Hearing Arbitration

32 p. 32 Get complete MD info $$$ License, Med/Mal, DEA, Cert. Medicare application Medicare approval Medicaid applications Payor applications Getting accepted & Loaded to generate claims NPI Notification CAQH Credentialing and Enrollment - The Domino Effect…a process of processes Facility Credentialing

33 p. 33 Get complete MD info $$$ License, Med/Mal, DEA, Cert. Medicare application Medicare approval Medicaid applications Payor applications Getting accepted & Loaded to generate claims NPI Notification CAQH Credentialing and Enrollment - The Domino Effect…a process of processes Facility Credentialing

34 p. 34 Get complete MD info $$$ License, Med/Mal, DEA, Cert. Medicare application Medicare approval Medicaid applications Payor applications Getting accepted & Loaded to generate claims Notification CAQH Credentialing and Enrollment - The Domino Effect…a process of processes Facility Credentialing NPI

35 p. 35 Conclusions Questions and Answers

36 p. 36 Thank You!


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