Credentialing And Recredentialing Program
All practitioner and organizational applicants to Cigna-HealthSpring must meet basic eligibility requirements and complete the credentialing process prior to becoming a participating provider. Once an application has been submitted, the provider is subject to a rigorous verification process that includes primary and secondary source verifications of all applicable information for the contracted specialty(s).
Upon completion of the verification process, providers are subject to a peer review process whereby they are approved or denied participation with the plan. No provider can be assigned a health plan effective date or be included in a provider directory without undergoing the credentialing verification and peer review process. All providers who have been initially approved for participation are required to recredential at least once every three years in order to maintain participation status. Physicians and practitioners must have and maintain malpractice insurance of at least $1,000,000 per incident and $3,000,000 aggregate.