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Would you like to know more about the CAQH Universal Provider DataSource?

The Universal Provider Datasource is the industry standard for collecting provider data required for credentialing, claims processing, quality assurance, emergency response and member services, such as directories and referrals.
Launched in 2002 by CAQH, UPD reduces paperwork and millions of dollars of annual administrative costs for more than 600,000 providers and over 400 participating organizations across the United States.
UPD enables registered physicians and other health professionals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to enter and maintain their information free of charge into a single, uniform online application. The UPD application collects all data needed by health plans, hospitals and managed care organizations, and meets the data collection requirements of URAC, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the Joint Commission standards.
UPD is supported by America’s Health Insurance Plans, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Health Information Management Association, the American Medical Association, the Healthcare Administrative Simplification Coalition, the Medical Group Management Association and other provider organizations.
Take a few minutes to go through our interactive project overview and see what the Data Access System can do for you. See how easy it is to obtain all of your organization's credentialing information in just one location! Click here to launch the project overview*

*The overview uses Microsoft Silverlight technology and requires the Silverlight player for viewing. You can install Silverlight here


Are you ready to register?

As the system is launched in each state CAQH Provider Ids will be sent to each provider in participating health plans. If you have received a CAQH Provider ID, you can proceed to the registration page. After successfully authenticating you will be able to generate your own unique password and begin using the system.

Click here to register

About CAQH

What is CAQH?

CAQH is a nonprofit alliance of health plans, covering more than 100 million Americans, and trade associations. It serves as a catalyst for healthcare industry collaboration on initiatives that simplify and streamline healthcare administration for health plans and providers, resulting in a better care experience for patients and caregivers. CAQH solutions help promote quality interactions between plans, providers and other stakeholders, reduce costs and frustrations associated with healthcare administration, facilitate administrative healthcare information exchange and encourage administrative and clinical data integration.

Visit www.CAQH.org for more information.


How is the data kept secured?

The confidentiality and security of application information is of utmost importance to CAQH and its members. All data obtained through the CAQH Universal Credentialing DataSource process is owned by CAQH and meets the most stringent security and privacy standards. Click here for more information.

Launch Schedule

When can you begin using this new system?

The CAQH Universal Provider DataSource was launched beginning in March of 2002. Click here to view the organizations currently participating in the CAQH Universal Provider DataSource.

View the participating organizations


The Universal Provider Datasource is a part of CAQH's credentialing application database project that seeks to make the provider credentialing process more efficient for providers as well as healthcare organizations. By creating an online database that collects all provider information necessary for credentialing, CAQH hopes to eliminate the paperwork and hassle that many providers face during the credentialing process.

If you have received a CAQH Provider ID, you may complete the registration process by selecting the Registration button to the left. Once you have completed the registration process, you may use your user name and password to log in at any time. If you have not received a CAQH Provider ID, please contact your health plan or hospital to confirm that they are participating.

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