have lost much faith in my consultant after having gone through the Medicare credentialing process on my own. Thank goodness I ended up not using them. I saved about $2,000, and got my Medicare number a lot sooner than I would have through my consultant. (Correction: the $4,000 I quoted in my previous post was for the entire insurance credentialing package, including private insurance panels.) The main reason I originally considered using a consultant was because I was afraid of running into delays due to some lame oversight. I've often heard of horror stories of people taking up to a year to get their Medicare number because of all the back and forth that they had to go through to rectify stupid insignificant errors or omissions on their applications. In fact, one person I know got his Medicare number only after he had written to his local congressman. Obviously, his practice suffered much financial turmoil during the months he was seeing patients without a Medicare number. Because I don't want to go through anything like that, my goal is to be on Medicare and all private insurance panels prior to opening for business. I also don't want to turn away any patient in the beginning just because I can't take their insurance yet.
Had I used my consultant, they would have gone through the paper application, which, assuming an error-free application, would have taken about 60 days to receive approval. I don't think they even knew about the PECOS online application system, which requires 90% of applications to be approved within 45 calendar days. On top of that, the whole application process was not rocket science, making the $2,000 fee a total rip off.
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