BCBSOK Offers a New Solution for Credentialing

May 25, 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) has chosen the CAQH® Universal Provider Datasource (UPD)® to electronically collect the data we require to credential physicians and other health care providers contracted for our BCBSOK networks and for BlueLincs HMO. The UPD utilizes an online credentialing application process that supports the health care industry administrative simplification and paper reduction efforts.

The credentialing and recredentialing process entails significant paperwork and administrative time for our providers. The UPD will reduce the time required of providers to update their credentialing information, while producing quality credentialing and demographic information that improves the accuracy and integrity of our provider database.

Providers will complete one standardized application that meets the needs of all participating healthcare organizations. UPD’s database will collect vital information, such as:

  • Education and training
  • Experience
  • Practice history
  • Location
  • Disclosure of any issues impacting the ability to provide care
  • Other background information

All data submitted by providers through the UPD service is maintained by CAQH in a state-of-the-art data center, located within the U.S. Only the health care organization(s) authorized by the provider may have access to the provider’s data.

Visit the CAQH Web site today at for more information about the application process. You may also contact your Provider Relations Representative with any questions regarding this new procedure.

For additional details, watch our website and future issues of the Network News.

CAQH is the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, Inc., a not-for-profit collaborative alliance of the nation’s leading health plans and networks. The mission of the CAQH is to improve health care access and quality for patients and reduce administrative requirements for physicians and other health care providers and their office staffs.

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