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New Drug Testing Laws in 2021

For nurses, physicians, and healthcare technicians, pre-employment drug testing could be a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, there may be more drug abuse among healthcare providers than expected. According to the Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 10 to 15 percent of physicians in the U.S. have a substance abuse issue. Increased stress from COVID-19…

MEDICAL CREDENTIALING – FROM THE MEDICINE MAN TO TELEMEDICINE

A Brief History of the Evolution of Medical Credentialing In this blog, Hugh Greeley offers a brief summary of medical credentialing throughout history spanning from 1800 BC to the late 1990s to today. Credentialing evolved from early practitioners who relied primarily on reputation, word of mouth, and personal attestation; to the use of documents such…

Credentialing, OPPE, and FPPE for Advanced Nurse Practitioners (APN) and Physician Assistants (PA)

What Is the Difference Between OPPE and FPPE?  The Joint Commission (TJC) is responsible for accrediting healthcare organizations and programs. The evaluations created by TJC provide benchmarks to evaluate the quality of care and assure patient safety. According to TJC, the Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) are required for…

Vishing Cyberattacks Compromising Provider Credential Information

When scammers attack, they don’t just target private individuals – they also strike businesses, including the healthcare industry, to obtain information they can use for criminal activity. As a healthcare organization, you have a responsibility to protect the private healthcare information of your patients and providers. Understanding vishing and its risk to your organization can…

3-YEAR MEDICAL SCHOOL PROS AND CONS

Length of Medical Education is Less Important Than the Relevance of the Current Education Model Hugh Greeley addresses the topic of medical school in this blog. Four topics are covered: Weighing the pros and cons of three-year medical school programs Addressing the primary care practitioner shortage Examining the current education model Encouraging experimentation in education…

The Importance of Primary Source Verification

When verifying a provider’s credentials, it’s important to adhere to healthcare industry best practices. Failure to check a provider’s qualifications against the primary source can cause healthcare organizations to compromise patient safety and compliance. During COVID-19, while many regulations and restrictions are temporarily loosened, and many hospitals are short staffed, thorough credential checks may seem…

March 30 – National Doctors Day

Our mission at Verisys is to support healthcare organizations across the country by screening and credentialing their providers and staff in order to give patients the highest level of care. Today, on National Doctors Day, we salute the many healthcare professionals who put patients first. We want to express our sincere gratitude to the doctors,…

Backup Physician Basics

How key members of leadership formulate the backup system to assign on-call physicians for all levels of medical staff Making sure all bases are covered in the event a surgeon, specialist, or general practitioner is unavailable for patient care is the topic of this edition of Hugh Greeley’s Hugh’s Credentialing Digest. Hugh discusses the topic…

Best Practices for Healthcare License Monitoring

To stay in compliance with federal and state regulations and keep patients safe, it’s vital for healthcare organizations to monitor the licenses of their practitioners for any information that may prevent a physician from practicing. If a practitioner’s license is invalid, suspended, or expired, or if restrictions are placed on a license, healthcare organizations must…

The Top 5 Provider Credentialing Errors

Why Verifying a Provider’s Credentials is Critical Provider credentialing is critically important for healthcare organizations. Not only does it protect your organization from lawsuits and fines it also protects your patients from incompetent or unscrupulous providers. Although credentials verification can be a complex process, following best practices in provider credentialing ensures a high standard of…