The selection of GeoAccess as the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare's technology partner benefits patients because the work GeoAccess performs allows health care providers to spend more time on patient care. GeoAccess enables CAQH's Universal Credentialing DataSource system to operate efficiently and securely. As of 2016, GeoAccess' responsibilities include collecting, securing and maintaining health care providers' credentialing data in its data center for CAQH's system. Health care plans and providers using the system save administrative time and paperwork.
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is one of the health care plans using CAQH's Universal Credentialing DataSource system to make sure its contract health care providers are licensed, certified or trained sufficiently. Under the system, instead of submitting multiple applications for different health care plans, each provider uses the Internet or a fax to submit a single standard application to one database that GeoAccess manages. Health care providers submit their information to the system for free; participating health care plans pay the system development and maintenance costs. GeoAccess provides data accessibility, safety and security to system users.
Providers can update their information on the credentialing system at any time, and BCBSNC can access it once the providers authorize it. The system requests verification of the information quarterly, and BCBSNC continually reviews and verifies independently whether providers comply with the health care plan's provider contract standards.