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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…

KEYS TO MANAGING RISK WITH FREE CLINIC HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEERS

Important Tips for Effective Background Screening, Credentials Verification, and Continuous Monitoring of Healthcare Volunteers to Avoid Harm to Patients and Legal Exposure In this blog, Hugh addresses the challenges that face free clinics when recruiting volunteers. Efforts to meet the demand of staffing numerous free medical clinics should not be done at the expense of…

Recent OIG Statement on Telehealth During COVID-19

The global COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes in healthcare and the ways in which care is provided to patients. In this national emergency situation, healthcare providers, administrators, and other officials made quick decisions to maximize access and efficiency. One of the most drastic changes in healthcare has been the rapid implementation of telehealth…

Travel Nurse Credentialing and Monitoring

In light of COVID-19, hospitals and healthcare institutions across the country are critically short on medical professionals according to the American Hospital Association. In response to staffing shortages, traveling nurses are in high demand but the hiring process for these providers may have some gaps. While staffing agencies usually oversee credentialing, the shortage of healthcare…

The Anatomy of the Credentials Committee Chair

Service to the patient through astute management and support to the medical staff services professionals is what makes an effective credentials committee chair In this blog, Hugh Greeley underscores the importance and significance of the role and position of Credentials Committee Chair. Hugh describes the attributes that a chair of the credentials committee should possess…

Is Telehealth Posing Cybersecurity Risks?

What is Telehealth? As defined by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA, 2017), telehealth is  “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.” The Security…