If you’re a registered dietitian who wishes to accept insurance on behalf of your clients, you’ll need to become an in-network provider with insurance companies. Credentialing is the process where the insurance companies check to make sure that you’re a registered dietitian in good standing. The system to help ease this process is the CAQH, or the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare.
In part I of our dietitians-to-be series, we shared resources to help you ace the RDN exam. In part II, we provided tips and tricks directly from practicing dietitians to help you prepare for the test. Once you have those RDN credentials behind your name, we’re here to support you in your venture into private practice! Here are the steps to start taking in order to set up your practice to accept health insurance on behalf of your clients, opening up your doors to more clients as a result.
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HIPAA regulations dictate that, as a health care provider working with health insurance companies, you need a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number. These 10-digit numbers are a way for the healthcare sector to identify health professionals consistently and they are publicly searchable.
There are actually two types of NPIs, logically referred to as “Type I” and, yes, “Type II”. Type I NPIs are also sometimes called individual or personal NPIs, while Type II NPIs can be referred to as either organizational or group NPIs.
The team here at Healthy Bytes is sometimes asked whether, as a non-U.S. citizen, the process of undergoing credentialing and contracting with health insurance companies would be different than undertaking it as a U.S. citizen. While this question may not apply to many of you, there are students and entrepreneurs who hold U.S. visas that allow them temporary residency but not citizenship. How does this impact their ability to accept insurance?