At 1ˢᵗ Credentialing we know that when our clients place their trust in us, we take that responsibility seriously by communicating with our clients to create a transparent and collaborative partnership.
Healthcare organizations of every size realize that hiring 1ˢᵗ Credentialing is the most economical and efficient way to solve their credentialing needs. We have the training, expertise and commitment it takes to keep a complex process moving forward at all times.
1ˢᵗ Credentialing supports healthcare practices of all sizes - from health systems, to community hospitals, to large group practices, to smaller organizations. We help get your providers up and practicing as fast as possible.
Learning more about the credentialing process benefits us and our clients. 1ˢᵗ Credentialing offers regular videos and newsletter updates to bring our clients and those interested in innovations in credentialing up to speed.
When it comes to medical credentialing and provider enrollment the myriad terms and acronyms used make a complex process even more complicated. If you don’t know you’re NPP from your NPI, 1st Assistant is here to help. Below is a glossary of commonly used abbreviations and acronyms that you can use as a “cheat sheet” and quick reference guide.
CAQH – Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare – a nonprofit alliance of networks, health plans and trade associations that acts as a catalyst for initiatives that simplify healthcare administration.
CMS – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the overseer of federal healthcare systems.
DMEPOS – Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic and Orthotic Suppliers
EFT – Electronic Funds Transfer – a system that moves money from one bank account to another electronically.
MAC – Medicare Administrative Contractor – a private health care insurer that has been awarded a geographic jurisdiction to process Medicare or durable medical equipment claims.
NPDB – National Practitioner Data Bank – an online repository of informational reports such as adverse actions on health care practitioners, providers and suppliers and malpractice payments.
NPI – National Provider Identifier – a unique, intelligence-free (randomly assigned and containing no coded data) 10-digit number issued to U.S. health care providers by CMS.
NPP – Non-Physician Practitioner – some examples are physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, audiologists and nurse midwives.
NPPES – National Plan and Provider Enumeration System – CMS system that assigns NPI numbers.
NSC – National Supplier Clearinghouse — responsible for issuing or revoking Medicare supplier billing privileges for DMEPOS suppliers.
PECOS – Provider Enrollment and Chain/Ownership System – the electronic portal through which health care providers enroll in Medicare.
PTAN – Provider Transaction Access Number – a Medicare-only provider number issued by MACs when providers are enrolled with Medicare.
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If you require medical credentialing and payer enrollment needs for your practice or medical facility, please contact 1st Assistant. Our experienced and dedicated specialists will provide all credentialing and enrollment services quickly and will monitor your account for ongoing updates and re-attestations. Heidi Henderson, our company owner and President, is eager to meet you and discuss your payer enrollment needs. Please call us at 512.201.2668 or contact us via the website.
Our credentialing experts are here to help you assess exactly which solutions you need and let you know how inexpensively we could put you on the right track. 1ˢᵗ Credentialing includes payor enrollment for all insurance networks including Medicare, Medicaid, Medi-Cal and insurance networks. Don’t wait another minute, contact our terrific team today!