NU Online News Service, July 16, 12:17 p.m. – The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, Washington, a managed care trade group, says it is introducing two national programs that could make life easier for doctors, hospitals and other care providers.

One of the programs is Formulary DataSource, a Web-based database that will give doctors up-to-date lists of the prescription drugs that patients’ prescription plans cover.

The other program is the Single-Application Credentialing system, which will give doctors a system they can use to apply to participate in more than two dozen large provider networks at the same time. Doctors can also use the system to update information about their credentials and their office practices.

Doctors can submit credentialing information through the Web or fax machine.

CAQH says it has already started testing the credentialing system in Colorado and Virginia and will soon be making the system available in more states.

Both the formulary service and the credentialing service are free for doctors.