Nov. 18, 2021
Requirement of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (plan years on or after Jan. 1, 2022)
The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) requires provider directory information to be verified every 90 days. Providers and insurers have roles in fulfilling this requirement to maintain an accurate directory. Under CAA, we’re required to remove providers from Provider Finder® if the information isn’t verified.
What to Verify
Verify your name, address, phone, specialty and digital contact information (website) every 90 days. It must be verified every 90 days even if your data hasn’t changed since you last verified it.
You must update your information when it changes, including if you join or leave a network. See our Verify and Update Your Information page for more information.
How to Verify Information
Professional providers: We recommend using the Availity® Essentials Provider Data Management (PDM) feature to quickly verify your information with us and other insurers every 90 days. See our PDM page and user guide for more details.
If you’re unable to use Availity, submit a Demographic Change Form . See our user guide on how to verify your data using the form.
Professional provider groups can verify individual providers through the Availity PDM feature or our Demographic Change Form.
Professional provider groups who submit changes by roster can verify all their providers’ information every 90 days with their roster. When a group submits a roster, all providers affiliated with this group and not listed with an update are verified as correct with no changes.
Facilities may only use the Demographic Change Form to verify and update data. See our user guide on how to verify information using the form.
How to Make Updates
If you need to change your data, follow the instructions below. Updating your data will count as your 90-day verification.
- All facilities and professional providers may continue to use the Demographic Change Form.
- Professional providers may update some data using Availity’s PDM feature.
See our Verify and Update Your Information page for details.
To enable us to meet the two-day directory update requirement defined by the CAA, we won’t accept demographic changes by email, phone or fax. Any demographic updates requested through these channels will be rejected and closed.
To apply to join our networks, see How to Join.
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