Insurance Credentialing Question: Will my employer be able to do my medical credentialing, or is it up to me?
Question: I recently got my LSW and have worked at a drug and alcohol agency and have also worked for hospice for 6 years. I have been billed as a medical social worker. I am looking at outpatient therapy and am not paneled. I hope to get my LCSW and would like to get paneled; how hard will this be? I have an interview with an established agency and they asked if I was paneled. Do agencies typically help clinicians in getting paneled or am I on my own? Will this prevent me from getting a position with an established agency?
Answer: Good question! Once you get your LCSW you will be eligible to be paneled with insurance companies. Some agencies will do your credentialing for you. However, it has become more common for agencies to want counselors to be credentialed before they are hired. There are a couples reasons for this. First, the credentialing process can take 3-6 months now–and that’s a long time to have a staff member unable to see clients / patients with insurance. Second, the process of getting on insurance panels is an expense to the practice, and some practices have had clinicians change direction (that is, leave the agency) only a short time after getting credentialed. We hope this helps!
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