Credentialing also called primary source verification is an intensive process whereby the insurance company conducts a background check on the physician. They verify the healthcare provider’s education, competencies, and legal authorization to practice medicine. There is a turnaround time involved in this course of process. If everything checks out, then the insurance company extends a partnership contract to the provider to include them in the network of providers. Trying to navigate the credentialing process is overwhelming and often costs more time and money than working with a professional that is knowledgeable of the process and can advocate on behalf of the provider.