Universal Provider Datasource®
The CAQH Universal Provider Datasource (UPD) service is the industry standard for collecting provider data used in credentialing, claims processing, quality assurance, emergency response, member services, such as directories and referrals, and more. By streamlining data collection electronically, UPD is reducing duplicative paperwork and millions of dollars of annual administrative costs for more than 1 million physicians and other health professionals, as well as over 650 participating health plans, hospitals and healthcare organizations.
A single, standard online form is the centerpiece of the service. Providers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are able to enter their information free of charge through an interview-style process. All data is stored in a secure, centralized database housed in the United States.
The UPD form meets the data-collection requirements of URAC, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the Joint Commission standards. Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and the District of Columbia have adopted the CAQH standard form as their mandated or designated provider credentialing application.
UPD makes it easy for providers to access, manage and revise their information at their convenience. Providers keep total control of the data, authorizing only the UPD-participating organizations of their choice. Revisions are made available instantly to authorized healthcare organizations – there’s no need to contact each organization individually.
The CAQH service is supported by America’s Health Insurance Plans, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Health Information Management Association, the American Medical Association, the Medical Group Management Association and other provider organizations.
Use the navigation tools in the Universal Provider Datasource menu above to learn more about: the benefits of the UPD service, who is participating, how to use the service, contact information to get started with UPD today and more.