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Membership Application Process

  • Credentialing:
    1. Print the PCA Credentialing Addendum.

      Mail the completed addendum to:
      Primary Care Association, LLC
      P.O. Box 71887
      Albany, GA 31708-1887
    2. PCA utilizes the CAQH online application system:
      • If you already have a CAQH application, please visit CAQH to ensure that your attestation is current so your application can be downloaded.
      • If you do not already have a CAQH application, PCA will create a CAQH invitation for you upon receipt of your credentialing addendum. When you receive your invitation letter from CAQH, please visit CAQH with your Provider ID to complete your application.
    3. PCA will then download your application directly from CAQH to start the credentialing process.
  • Membership:
  • Once PCA receives your Credentialing Addendum, PCA will contact your practice regarding the initial membership fee and signature of the PCA Operating Agreement and Provider Agreement.

Membership Dues

Primary Care Association, LLC has an initial membership fee and then charges dues to its members on a quarterly basis.

Credentialing Process

Each applicant shall complete a PCA Credentialing Addendum and a Georgia Uniform Credentialing Application through the CAQH Online Application System. Each physician may request the status of the credentialing application at any time. Once the primary source verifications (license, education, board status, hospital privileges, etc.) have been obtained, the application will be reviewed by the PCA Credentialing Committee. The credentialing process usually takes 90-120 days. If the physician application is approved, it will then take 30-90 days to load the physician into the networks that they have selected.

Confidentiality of Credentialing Information

Only members of the Credentialing Committee and individuals directly responsible for the collection and verification of credentialing information shall have access to such information. Information submitted by a physician as part of the credentialing process, as well as any information pertaining to a physician's credentials obtained from outside sources, shall be used only as necessary for completion of credentials verification activity and as part of the Credentialing Committee's peer review process, and shall not be discussed with or revealed to any individual or entity who does not have direct responsibility for PCA credentialing activities.

Site Visits

There shall be an initial visit to the offices of all applying PCA members. This visit shall include an assessment of the office's physical accessibility and appearance, adequacy of waiting and examining room space, availability of appointments, and adequacy of medical record keeping practices. Any concerns identified by the reviewer at the time of the site visit regarding the quality of the facility within which patient care is provided shall be presented to the Credentialing Committee for evaluation and appropriate action (which may include a corrective action plan and re-view).