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Thanks for your interest in becoming a UnitedHealthcare network provider. The first step is to let us know that you’d like to join our network – known as submitting a Request for Participation (RFP). Just follow the steps below.

Helpful Tip

Here’s what to have handy as you get started:

  • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • CAQH (Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare) ProView Account Number – make sure the account is up to date and authorize UnitedHealthcare to access your data

How to Submit a Request for Participation

Call us at 877-842-3210 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.

  • Enter your Tax Identification Number (TIN) then select Credentialing > Medical > Join the Network

What Happens Next:

  • A representative will start the process with you.
  • You’ll be registered in our system (if you’re not already).
  • You’ll receive a confirmation of your participation request – this usually occurs within 5 business days.
  • We’ll quickly review your application – and if we’re not accepting new applications for your area or specialty, we’ll let you know.
  • Submit your request through our RFP portal, OR
  • Call us at 877-842-3210 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.
    • Enter your Tax Identification Number (TIN) then select Credentialing > Medical > Join the Network

What Happens Next:

  • A representative will start the process with you.
  • You’ll be registered in our system (if you’re not already).
  • You’ll receive a confirmation of your participation request – this usually occurs within 5 business days.
  • We’ll quickly review your application – and if we’re not accepting new applications for your area or specialty, we’ll let you know.

Joining a practice with an existing UnitedHealthcare group agreement:

You’ll need to submit your request for participation, either through the RFP portal or by calling us following the instructions above. Even though you are joining a practice that has a UnitedHealthcare agreement in place, you’ll still need to complete the credentialing process before you can see patients as an in-network provider.

If you’ve already been credentialed, then the practice can simply add new physicians through the My Practice Profile tool in Link or submit a completed Group Organization Demographic Information Update form.

Becoming affiliated with a delegated medical group:

Please refer to the Delegated Credentialing Requirements section of the Delegated Credentialing Program - Capitation and/or Delegation Supplement UnitedHealthcare Administrative Guide.  

If you work in this specialty, you’ll contact a partner who handles credentialing and contracting on behalf of UnitedHealthcare: Spectera Eyecare Networks.

To get started, visit the Spectera.com or call 800-638-3120.

If you work in this specialty area, you’ll contact a partner who handles credentialing and contracting on behalf of UnitedHealthcare: Optum Behavioral Health Solutions.

To get started, go to ProviderExpress.com (look under “Our Network” for specific instructions) or call 800-817-4705.

If you work in this specialty, you’ll contact a partner who handles credentialing and contracting on behalf of UnitedHealthcare: Dental Benefit Providers.

To get started, visit dbp.optum.com (look under “Join Our Network”) or call 800-822-5353.

If you work in one of these specialty areas, you’ll contact a partner who handles credentialing and contracting on behalf of UnitedHealthcare: Optum Physical Health. (Note that alternative medicine providers (CAM) include acupuncturists, naturopaths and massage therapists.)

To get started, go to MyOptumHealthPhysicalHealth.com or call 800-873-4575.

The Credentialing Program has been developed in accordance with state and federal requirements and accreditation guidelines. In accordance with those standards, UnitedHealthcare members will not be referred and/or assigned to you until the credentialing process and contracting process have been completed.