An organization representing more than two dozen managed care interests on Wednesday brought its one-stop physician credentialing system to New Jersey, the ninth state in its planned nationwide rollout.
The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare says 25,000 New Jersey physicians have received registration kits for the Washington-based group's Universal Credentialing DataSource Service, which will allow the doctors to submit their credentials to seven major payers at once.
Physicians may register and update their personal information for free via fax or a secure Web site, according to the council, which is a coalition of the American Association of Health Plans, the BlueCross BlueShield Association, the Health Insurance Association of America and 23 large payers.
The insurers pay for access to the CAHQ database.
In New Jersey, participating payers include Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, WellChoice HMO of New Jersey, Oxford, Aetna, Cigna HealthCare, GreatWest/One Health Plan, Health Net and Private Healthcare Systems.
Horizon Blues alone serves 2.6 million patients in the state, according to Rachel Rosten, a New York-based coalition media representative.
Rosten says Universal Credentialing DataSource will be available in Illinois in about two weeks and in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee by early April. The coalition will add Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa by early May, part of its plan to be nationwide before the end of the year.
Physicians in Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia already have access to the one-stop credentialing service.