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How to Become a United Health Care Provider

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Here's how to become a provider of United Health Care!

How to Become a United Health Care Provider
United Health Care is a major insurer covering 45 million people worldwide. They offer plans through employers as well as Medicare plans and Medicare supplements. United Health Care is a medical insurance that eye care practitioners can bill for medical eye problems.
United Health Care also operates its own affiliated vision plan called Spectera. Patients who are signed up with United Health Care and seek additional vision plan coverage are given the option of becoming Spectera members. Having this additional vision-specific coverage will help offset the cost of routine eye exams, prescription glasses, and contact lenses.
Eye care practitioners do not need to be credentialed with United Health Care prior to becoming credentialed with Spectera. They are separate entities.
Here's how to register as a provider with Spectera.

Step 1: Complete the introductory requirements

In order to become a United Health Care provider, you must:
  1. Get your optometry license (see our guide that gives step-by-step instructions on how to get your optometry license in each state)
  2. Find a place to practice
  3. Get liability insurance
  4. Obtain your NPI number
  5. Begin the Medicare enrollment process (see our 41 Step Guide to Become a Medicare Provider w/ Screenshots)
  6. Register with CAQH
See this in-depth guide for additional guidance on satisfying these core requirements. You’ll need to satisfy these requirements to become a provider with nearly every medical or vision plan.

Step 2: Complete the plan-specific requirements

  1. Visit UHC website
  2. Get started: submit request for participation
  3. Get credentialed: verify experience
  4. Get contracted: review and sign participation agreement
  5. Get connected: complete online training
Now, wait to receive confirmation from UHC, and begin the credentialing process for the next insurance on your list.


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Kevin Cornwell, OD
About Kevin Cornwell, OD

Dr. Kevin Cornwell graduated from The New England College of Optometry in 2015. He went on to complete a residency in ocular and systemic disease with Indian Health Services in Zuni, New Mexico. He now works with MACT Health Board, Inc in Northern California, a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare for Native Americans. He is enthusiastic about bringing eye care to populations in need, both domestically and abroad. He has been involved with several humanitarian outreach projects, in various parts of California, New Mexico, Nicaragua and Mexico. He is passionate about managing the ocular manifestations of systemic disease, and monitoring ocular pathology through retinal imaging with spectral domain optical coherence tomography. He’s also an avid health crusader and enjoys educating and encouraging patients to better manage metabolic disease. Dr. Cornwell enjoys hiking in the Sierras and recording music as a guitarist for Cornwell Studios' youtube channel.

Kevin Cornwell, OD
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