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Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare
Organization Logo for Center for Affordable Quality Healthcare CAQH.jpg
Abbreviation CAQH
Founded July 22, 1998; 18 years ago (1998-07-22)[1]
Legal status

non-profit mutual benefit corporation[2]

Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, Inc
Purpose Health care, information technology
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Services CAQH CORE,
CAQH Solutions,
CAQH Explorations
Robin J. Thomashauer[3]
Gwendolyn Lohse[3]
Mission To accelerate the transformation of business processes in healthcare through collaboration, innovation and a commitment to ensuring value across stakeholders.[4]

CAQH (officially Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, Inc.] is a non-profit organization[5] incorporated in California as a mutual benefit corporation. It was first incorporated under the name Coalition for Affordable, Quality Healthcare, Inc., and then was renamed the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, Inc. on July 22, 1998. It is based in Washington, D.C..[1] Previously a 501(c)6 tax-exempt organization, CAQH changed its tax status in 2016, although it remains a non-profit. Its mission is to accelerate the transformation of business processes in healthcare through collaboration, innovation and a commitment to ensuring value across stakeholders,[6] including healthcare providers, trade associations, and health plans.[4]


CAQH has created a number of initiatives to streamline the business of healthcare: CAQH CORE®, CAQH Solutions®, and CAQH Explorations®. CAQH Solutions include CAQH ProView®, DirectAssure®, CAQH VeriFide, SanctionsTrack®, EnrollHub®, and COB Smart®. CAQH Explorations, the research arm of CAQH, includes the CAQH Index®.


Established in 2005, CAQH CORE (the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange) is a multi-stakeholder collaboration of more than 140 organizations – providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies and standard-setting bodies – committed to the development and adoption of national operating rules for administrative transactions within the healthcare industry. CAQH CORE participating organizations include health plans representing more than 75% of commercially insured lives, plus Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated better standardization of the electronic HIPAA administrative and financial transactions between providers and insurers.[7] In 2012, CAQH CORE was designated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an author for ACA-mandated operating rules.[8][9] Operating rules support a range of existing standards to make electronic data transactions more predictable and consistent, regardless of technology used.[10]

The CAQH CORE process centers on an integrated model consisting of rule development, testing and certification, outreach and tracking measures. In 2012-2013, the organization released operating rules for four transactions now federally mandated for all HIPAA-covered entities: eligibility, claim status, electronic funds transfer and remittance advice (EFT/ERA). In 2015, it announced additional voluntary operating rules for healthcare claims, prior authorization, employee premium payment and employee enrollment and disenrollment.[7]

To drive and track market adoption, CAQH CORE offers a voluntary certification program so organizations can demonstrate that they have adopted and are adhering to the operating rules.[10] Organizations that create, use or transmit administrative healthcare data (such as health plans, healthcare providers and vendors) can earn CORE Certification. In a January 2014 proposed rule, HHS recommended CAQH CORE as the administrator for HHS-required certification of health plans.[11]

CAQH ProView[edit]

Launched in 2002 and formerly known as the Universal Provider Datasource®, CAQH ProView is used by more than 1.4 million healthcare providers[2] to self-report professional and demographic information. Health plans, hospitals and provider groups may utilize this information for provider credentialing, network directories and claims payments.[12] Use of CAQH ProView reduces time and resources needed for these processes; it can also minimize manual error and reduce duplicative paperwork and administrative costs.[13]


DirectAssure works in concert with CAQH ProView to enable providers to self-report and regularly attest to their professional and practice information.[14]


The provider credential verification solution integrates with CAQH ProView to standardize the credentialing process by which health plans and healthcare organizations verify provider data.[15][16]


SanctionsTrack, an add-on feature to CAQH ProView, is an automated, continuous sanctions monitoring solution that reviews multi-state information on provider licensure disciplinary actions.[17] SanctionsTrack helps organizations eliminate redundant data gathering and follow-up research for sanction notices.


Increasing adoption of electronic funds transfer (EFT) and electronic remittance advice (ERA) enrollment continues to challenge healthcare organizations. To simplify this process, CAQH launched EnrollHub in 2013 to offer providers a single enrollment process for EFT and ERA with multiple payers.[18] Providers complete the standardized, electronic enrollment form and select the health plans with which they do business. CAQH notifies the health plans of the enrollment, and the health plan then accesses the provider’s banking information.[19]

COB Smart[edit]

Used by health plans and clearinghouses, COB Smart helps identify instances of patients with overlapping insurance coverage. This CAQH Solution determines which individuals have benefits that should be coordinated, as well as which health plans are primary and secondary insurers, so that corresponding claims can be processed correctly the first time. COB Smart launched in 2014.[20]

CAQH Explorations[edit]

CAQH Explorations is the research arm of the CAQH. It includes the CAQH Index, which tracks and reports progress by the healthcare industry in its ongoing transition from manual to electronic administrative transactions.[21] The findings of the CAQH Index are based on an analysis of an extensive dataset of administrative transactions between providers and health plans. The 2014 CAQH Index reported that providers and health plans could potentially save $9.4 billion if they fully adopted electronic transactions.[22][23]


Members include Aetna, Anthem, America's Health Insurance Plans, AultCare, the BlueCross BlueShield Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Centene Corporation, Cigna, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Kaiser Permanente, and UnitedHealth Group.


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  8. ^ "Engagement with standards and operating rules". Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 
  9. ^ "CAQH offers tool to simplify transactions". ModernHealthcare. February 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Voluntary Operating Rules Approved for Insurance Transactions.". HFMA Healthcare Business News. September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Administrative Simplification: Certification of Compliance for Health Plans.” Department of Health and Human Services. January 2014.
  12. ^ "AHIP: Payers Team Up to Reduce Administrative Waste.". FierceHealthPayer. June 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Technology to Streamline Physician Credentialing.". FierceHealthPayer. July 2015. 
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  17. ^ "Vendor Notebook: Carestream wins government contract.". Healthcare IT News. May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Switching to the Healthcare EFT Standard: 4 Ways to Ease the Transition.". Healthcare Finance. September 16, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Solving the EFT Enrollment Challenge for Providers.". Health Data Management. February 2015. 
  20. ^ "Horizon BCBS Deploys Coordination of Benefits Tool". Health Data Management. March 2014. 
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External links[edit]

  1. "AHIP: Payers team up to reduce administrative waste.” FierceHealthPayer, June 2015.
  2. “Healthcare EFT via ACH Volume Exceeds 149 Million Transactions in 2014.” NACHA, February 2015.
  3. “How to identify who sent your healthcare EFT payment.” Health Data Management, March 2015.
  4. "Debunking Myths about Healthcare EFT.” Health Data Management, August 2015.
  5. “COB Smart to Improve Accuracy of COB in the Health Care Industry.” BCBSNC.
  6. “Service aims to end health coverage conflicts”. LifeHealthPro, February 2014.
  7. “CAQH offers tool to simplify transactions”. ModernHealthcare, February 2013.
  8. “Aetna to Insist on CORE Standards Certification”. LifeHealthPro, February 2008.
  9. "How electronic transactions could save healthcare $8B: 6 areas of opportunity”. Becker’s Hospital Review, August 2014.
  10. "Study: Switch from manual to electronic transactions could save healthcare $8B”. Becker’s Hospital Review, March 2015.
  11. “CAQH: Electronic transactions could save healthcare billions”. EHR Intelligence, August 2014.
  12. “HHS to Strengthen Enforcement Of HIPAA Transaction Rules”. InformationWeek, January 2014.