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New Rules for Fill-in Doctors

Effective August 1, 2020, VSP’s rules regarding fill-in (locum tenens) doctors have changed. The new locum tenens policy has been implemented to ensure compliance with Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) regulations and to ensure VSP members receive the same excellent care they are accustomed to when seeing a VSP network provider.

The new policy states that a VSP-credentialed doctor must be used as a fill-in doctor and that VSP must be notified if the fill-in doctor will be in place for 11–60 days. For more information, please see the locum tenens page in the Provider Reference Manual on VSPOnline at

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