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HOW TO VERIFY A PROVIDER’S APPLICATION

Charting a Course of Action When Applicant Attestation Conflicts with FACIS® or NPDB Data When hiring a physician, a fairly common issue is discrepancies on applications regarding legal claims. Standard applications inquire whether the applicant has had “any claims, suits or settlements” and many applicants will say no. However, thanks to medical credentialing data resources…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How to Implement New Medical Procedures

Adding new medical procedures or diagnosis technology requires analysis against a health system’s core purpose. In this blog, Hugh Greeley suggests that medical staff service professionals read, “The Deming Management Method,” by author Mary Walton. Greeley dedicates his focus on Point 1 of the 14 Points included in the book. Point 1 is, “Creating Constancy…

The Value of Medical Staff Services

The critical behind-the-scenes duties of the Medical Services Team that keep hospitals compliant and the quality of their healthcare providers to a high standard. In this blog, Hugh Greeley describes the critical functions of a fine-tuned medical staff services team.  While there are boards and committees in place governed and populated by members of the…

8 Simple Steps to Expedite and Improve the Provider Credentialing Process

A Brief History of Board and Committee Review Practices for Physician Applicants This blog by Hugh Greeley covers how the provider applicant review process can be a very slow, arduous one, and suggests 8 key data points that will determine whether to progress a candidate to the chair, board, and credentialing committee, or request further…

Reduce Risk with Primary Source Verification on Provider Credentials

In this blog, Hugh Greeley addresses primary source verification and the ways that primary sources can be accessed. For the medical staff services team at a hospital to properly verify a healthcare provider’s credentials for onboarding and granting privileges (at a minimum) a half dozen primary sources would have to be contacted, and those primary…