RCIPA Group Participation and Provider Enrollment (Instructions and Forms)

The Rochester Community Individual Practice Association (RCIPA) is an organization which manages a healthcare provider network of approximately 4,000 physicians and allied health professionals who practice in the New York State counties of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates. Formed in 1984, RCIPA remains dedicated to maintaining a community-wide panel of health care professionals to provide high quality, cost-effective and accessible health care for residents of the Greater Rochester Area.

RCIPA contracts with insurers and third party administrators (TPAs) on behalf of its participating organizations and their individual healthcare providers. All RCIPA providers participate in RCIPA's contracts with POMCO and Independent Health (non-HMO) / Nova Healthcare. The majority of RCIPA members also participate in the RCIPA-Aetna network through RCIPA's contract with Aetna.

Section 1: Organizations (practice/group) | Section 2: Physicians-Allied Health Providers | Section 3: NPPA (mid-level providers)

Note: solo-practitioners are considered an organization for contracting purposes and an individual for enrollment/credentialing purposes so Sections 1 and 2 apply to solo-practitioners.


SECTION 1 New Healthcare Organization (Practice/Group) Joining RCIPA

This section also applies to existing participating orgainzations (practice/group) that change their tax identification number (TIN)

RCIPA contracts with medical practices, solo practitioners, hospital systems, health clinics and other healthcare organizations that engage under the organization's tax identification number ("TIN") individual healthcare providers in rendering healthcare services to enrollees/patients covered by one of RCIPA partners (Aetna, Independent Health and POMCO); for more information on RCIPA's partners click here.

The RCIPA Participation Agreement is a single-signature agreement between RCIPA and the legal owner(s) of the organization ("Contracting Entity") that enables the organization's individual healthcare providers to render healthcare services to RCIPA's partners's enrollees/members under the TIN of the Contracting Entity according to the terms of the Agreement.

INSTRUCTIONS: To become a RCIPA participating practice/group please complete the RCIPA Participation Agreement and an IRS W-9 for the TIN of the Contracting Entity (the TIN can either be an EIN or SSN). Please return the Signature Page ONLY of the RCIPA Participation Agreement and the W-9 Form to RCIPA either by emailing the forms to rcipainfo@rcipa.com (or directly to the RCIPA staff person you are working with) or faxing the forms to 585-287-9982. Once RCIPA has processed the Agreement an executed copy of the signature page shall be returned to the organization. If there are any questions pertaining to the Agreement please contact RCIPA at rcipainfo@rcipa.com or contact the RCIPA staff person you are working with.

RCIPA Participation Agreement | IRS W-9 Form | RCIPA Participation Agreement (Chiropractor Version Only)

The RCIPA Participation Agreement Master Packet contains all the materials needed to become a RCIPA participating organization and to enroll physician/allied health providers and NPPAs.

RCIPA Participation Master Packet (includes RCIPA Participation Agreement, W-9, Provider Information Sheet, RCIPA-Aetna Addendum and NPPA Form)

Please Note: The RCIPA Participation Agreement is ONLY applicable to a single TIN. If an organization has multiple TINs then a separate Agreement is required for each TIN and individual healthcare providers must be enrolled separately under each TIN.

Please Note: The RCIPA Participation Agreement is NOT transferable to another TIN. If an organization for whatever reason changes its TIN then a new Agreement is required for the new TIN and the associated individual healthcare providers will need to be enrolled under the new TIN.

The next step after completing the RCIPA Participation Agreement is to complete the necessary paperwork for the individual healthcare providers (the organization's roster of providers) that will be billing under the Contracting Entity's TIN. Instructions for adding individual healthcare providers to the organization are in Section 1 and Section 2 below ⇓.


SECTION 2 ENROLLMENT Physician, Allied-health Professional, Certified Nurse Midwife etc. with RCIPA

The provider enrollment process applies to both new organizations joining RCIPA and existing RCIPA participating organizations.

The provider enrollment forms apply to both community-based providers and hospital-based providers.

Physicians (MD/DO), allied health professionals, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) that serve as independent Primary Care Providers (PCPs) are eligible to enroll with RCIPA as participating providers under a RCIPA participating practice/group.

INSTRUCTIONS: Providers must have an up-to-date (current CAQH attestation) CAQH ProView® that reflects the provider's current practice information for the practice/group the provider is enrolling under. Providers that are enrolling under a RCIPA participating practice/group that participates with Aetna through RCIPA must complete a RCIPA-Aetna Individual Provider Addendum. Please return the RCIPA Provider Information Sheet and the RCIPA Individual Provider Addendum (if applicable) to RCIPA either by emailing the forms to rcipainfo@rcipa.com (or directly to the RCIPA staff person you are working with) or faxing the form(s) to 585-287-9982. If there are any questions pertaining to adding a provider to a RCIPA participating practice/group please contact RCIPA at rcipainfo@rcipa.com or contact the RCIPA staff person you are working with.

RCIPA Provider Information Sheet | RCIPA-Aetna Individual Provider Addendum

Healthcare providers enrolling with RCIPA and participating with Aetna through RCIPA that are not currently Aetna credentialed in New York State must complete the Aetna online application (the Aetna online application is linked below).

Aetna Medical Application Request Form (online application)

Please Note: The Aetna credentialing process takes approximately ninety (90) days to complete therefore it is imperative RCIPA receive provider enrollment materials as early as possible to ensure the provider is Aetna credentialed prior to the provider starting with the practice/group. A provider will not be considered eligible to submit Aetna claims under a RCIPA participating practice/group until the provider has been assigned an effective date for that particular practice/group; in other words claims submitted by a provider prior to the Aetna effective date will neither be governed by the RCIPA Participation Agreement nor covered by the RCIPA-Aetna fee schedule.

Aetna medical speciality-specific notes

Please Note: Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) are not eligible to participate with Aetna through RCIPA and must apply to Aetna through Aetna Behavioral Health Network (ABH 1-800-999-5698).

Please Note: Chiropractors are not eligible to participate with Aetna through RCIPA and must go through OptumHealth (1-800-344-4584) to participate with Aetna but are still eligible to enroll with RCIPA for other plans and products offered by RCIPA's partners.

Please Note: Optometrists are eligible to participate with Aetna through RCIPA if the provider is joining an existing RCIPA participating organization or medical practice that is par with Aetna through RCIPA else the provider must go through EyeMed Vision Care 1.888.581.3648.

Please Note: Aetna accepts Registered Dieticians and Nutritionists through RCIPA but Aetna does not enroll Certified Diabetic Educators through RCIPA unless the provider is also a Registered Dietician and therefore would be enrolled with Aetna through RCIPA.


SECTION 3 ENROLLMENT NPPA (nurse practitioner / physician assistant / mid-levels) with RCIPA

The NPPA enrollment process applies to both new organizations joining RCIPA and existing RCIPA participating organizations.

RCIPA uses the Monroe County Medical Society (MCMS) Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant Registration Form ("NPPA form") to enroll NPPAs with RCIPA. The NPPA form should be used for Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

Please Note: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) and Familiy Nurse Practitioners (FNP) that serve as independent Primary Care Providers (PCPs) should follow SECTION 2 above ⇑.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please note the supervising physician listed on the NPPA form must be a physician that is a participating member of the Contracting Entity whose TIN is listed on the NPPA form. Please return the Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant Registration Form to RCIPA either by emailing the form to rcipainfo@rcipa.com (or directly to the RCIPA staff person you are working with) or faxing the form to 585-287-9982. If there are any questions pertaining to the NPPA form please contact RCIPA at rcipainfo@rcipa.com or contact the RCIPA staff person you are working with.

Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant Registration Form

Please Note: It takes Aetna approximately thirty (30) days to process a NPPA therefore it is imperative RCIPA receive NPPA enrollment materials as early as possible to ensure the NPPA is loaded into the Aetna system prior to the NPPA starting with the practice/group. A NPPA will not be considered eligible to submit Aetna claims under a RCIPA participating practice/group until the NPPA has been assigned an effective date for that particular practice/group; in other words claims submitted by a NPPA prior to the Aetna effective date will neither be governed by the RCIPA Participation Agreement nor covered by the RCIPA-Aetna fee schedule.