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Thank you for your interest in becoming a provider with Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana (PHP). Providers who would like to apply to be a participating provider must first complete and return the following to our Credentialing Coordinator:

The completed documents may be sent to our Credentialing Coordinator at providerservices@phpni.com or via fax at 260‐436‐4809. For questions about initial credentialing, re-credentialing requests, and related information, contact:

Provider Relations Staff

Mick Delas Director of Provider Contracting and Network Development mdelas@phpni.com 260-421-4480
Susan Werner Director Provider Implementation & Services swerner@phpni.com 260-421-4528
Dawn Dager Provider Contracting Supervisor ddager@phpni.com 260-421-4304
Barbara Dickens Provider Account Manager bdickens@phpni.com 260-421-4383
Toni Simmons Credentialing Coordinator tsimmons@phpni.com 260-421-4319
Karen Ternet Credentialing Coordinator kternet@phpni.com 260-421-4394
Randy Goins Contracting Services Representative rgoins@phpni.com 260-421-4527
The Credentialing Process

Thank you for your interest in becoming a provider with Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana (PHP).

Step 1

Send your Participation Application Request Form, a copy of your professional liability insurance cover sheet or declaration sheet, and your unrestricted state license or certification to our Credentialing Coordinator at providerservices@phpni.com or via fax at 260‐436‐4809.

Step 2

We will review your documents and you will be sent directions for completion of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) application for practitioners. This process includes primary source verification of key elements of your application.

Step 3

Once the verification process is completed, you will be notified within 10 business days of the recommendation of the Credentials Committee, and if eligible you will be contacted by the Provider Services Department to initiate contracting with PHP.

Initial Credentialing

The following provider types are required to successfully complete the credentialing process:

Physicians:

  • Doctors of Medicine
  • Doctors of Podiatry
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Doctors of Dentistry (including oral maxillofacial surgeons)

Allied Health:

  • Nurse Midwives
  • Chiropractors
  • Optometrists
  • Nurse Practitioners in Independent Practice
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Doctorial & Clinical Psychologists
  • Master’s Level Clinical Social Workers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors

Facilities:

  • Long & Short Term Acute Care Hospitals
  • Home Health Agencies
  • In‐patient Rehabilitation Hospitals
  • Specialty Facilities such as Cancer Hospitals and Birthing Centers
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Behavioral Health Hospitals
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities

Upon receipt of the completed Participation Application Request Form and attached documents, your request will be reviewed and if you meet the requirements, you will be sent directions for completion of the formal application. As required by the State of Indiana for Health Plans, PHP utilizes the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) application for practitioners. If you are not already a registered user, you will be sent directions on how to access the application. Facility providers will be sent directions for a separate application.

Once the application has been completed, attestations signed, and our Credentialing Department notified, the formal credentialing process begins. This process includes primary source verification of key elements of your application. Should incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting information be identified, the applicant will be contacted and given an opportunity to correct the information and resubmit it to the Credentialing Department. It is the applicant’s responsibility to work with the organization that reported the inaccurate, conflicting or incomplete information to get it corrected. The applicant, at any time during the credentialing process, may also contact the Credentialing Department to check the status of their application. Once the verification process is completed, the applicant will be notified within 10 business days of the recommendation of the Credentials Committee.

Once the credentialing process is complete, you will be contacted by the Provider Services Department to initiate contracting with PHP.

Recredentialing

At least every three years from the date of the initial appointment, providers will be recredentialed and evaluated for continued participation in the PHP Network. The CAQH application is again used, and the provider should keep this application form up‐to‐date. An updated signed attestation form will also be required. Information that may have changed since your initial application will be verified with the primary source. If inaccurate, conflicting or incomplete information is identified, the provider will again be contacted and given an opportunity to correct the information and resubmit it to the Credentialing Department. It is the applicant’s responsibility to work with the organization that reported the inaccurate, conflicting or incomplete information to get it corrected. At any time during the recredentialing process, the provider may contact the Credentialing Department to check the status of their recredentialing.

At the conclusion of the recredentialing process and recommendation of the Credentials Committee, the provider is considered to be recredentialed unless otherwise notified. Providers will be notified by letter when the recommendation of the Credentials Committee is other than full reappointment. This letter is sent within 10 business days of the recommendation of the Credentials Committee.

Hospital Based Providers

Providers who are strictly hospital based, such as Emergency Department Physicians, Hospitalists, Radiologists, Pathologists, hospital‐based Nurse Practitioners or Clinical Nurse Specialists, and any other providers who only see patients as a result of them being admitted or directed to a specific hospital are not listed in our Provider Directory, and are therefore not required to be credentialed in order to participate in the PHP Network.

However, if the provider is listed in our Provider Directory, or has a private practice outside the hospital, they must go through the formal credentialing process.

Other Health Service Individuals or Organizations

PHP contracts for many types of health services provided by individuals or organizations that are not required to be credentialed as described in our Credentials Plan or summarized above. These individuals and organizations must still meet certain standards of participation, which will be verified. Clinical individuals and organizations are required to provide proof of professional medical liability insurance at a level not less than $250,000 per occurrence/$750,000 in the aggregate. There are specific standards to each service type that must be met and PHP will verify these before the contracting process can be initiated.

Please contact the Provider Services Department at 800‐982‐6257, for a list of individuals or organizations that fit in this category and their specific requirements.

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