How to Become a Spectera Provider

Apr 21, 2015
3 min read

Here is a brief outline on how to join the spectera network as an optometrist so you can begin seeing patients.


Here are some basic guidelines on how to join the Spectera network as an optometrist. Spectera is part of United Health Care. If you have questions, let us know in the comments!


Step 1: Complete the introductory requirements

In order to become a Spectera 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.

For guidance on applying to additional plans, check out our in-depth Optometrist Credentialing Guide.

Step 2: Begin the application

Visit Spectera's website and click the "Join Our Network" link.

Step 3: Complete the form

Complete the form with the following information:

  • Name
  • Degree
  • Practice Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Comments

Please note that you'll need to use a non-Google Chrome browser (e.g., Safari) to complete the application.

Step 4: Wait for the email

Spectera will then e-mail you within a few days to ask for your CAQH number.

Step 5: Wait 4-6 weeks

You may receive an email similar to the below:

Thank you for your quick reply – I will be sending your information over to our Contracting Department for processing – the credentialing process to activation normally takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks to process. Please feel free to contact me in the interim with any questions.

After four weeks have passed, you can call 949-589-4615 to check on the status of your application.


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