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Physician License Verification Challenges During COVID-19

With COVID-19 case counts on the rise, some states’ demand for healthcare resources is at or above capacity. Many hospitals need to hire new healthcare workers quickly. To deal with this crisis, states with increased demand have lifted medical license verification restrictions so that healthcare workers from other states can bypass physician license verification requirements…

Telehealth for Behavioral Healthcare Credentialing, Screening, and Monitoring Challenges

COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of life, and these changes have affected people’s mental health, making telehealth services more important than ever. Decreased physical activity, disruption to exercise routines, increased social isolation, and economic decline all have the potential to adversely affect behavioral health. Unfortunately, some people manage social isolation and pandemic-related stress by increasing…

Protect Patients from Incompetent or Excluded Practitioners

With an influx of changes to medical credentialing and regulations, there is also increased risk for healthcare organizations to stay in compliance. A compliance program that leverages the right technology alongside the appropriate strategy can decrease healthcare organizations’ risk of fines and penalties due to noncompliance and facilitate the highest level of patient care. Here’s…

National Physician License Verification: Are Loose Restrictions Allowing Bad Doctors to Practice?

According to a report from USA Today, hospitals have taken fewer disciplinary actions against physicians than in previous years. Both suspensions and restrictions of physician’s licenses by healthcare facilities have decreased. This decline in disciplinary actions causes concern for patient safety advocates who worry that patients may be more vulnerable to harm. Vigilant healthcare entities…

Reduce your Credentialing Liability and Avoid Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Negligent Credentialing in Healthcare  Credentialing patient-facing staff is a fundamental responsibility of a healthcare organization. Failure to thoroughly credential providers risks unfavorable patient outcomes and tremendous liability for healthcare organizations. Hospitals’ due diligence in selecting, hiring, and retaining only fully credentialed and qualified physicians is therefore both a responsibility to patients, other medical staff, and…

What is the Credentialing Process for Nurse Practitioners?

This blog identifies the steps in the credentialing process for nurse practitioners. When a healthcare organization hires licensed and certified nurse practitioners, the medical staff services team or an independent credentials verification organization (CVO) conducts the nurse credentialing process. Every healthcare provider within a healthcare delivery organization must be initially credentialed then re-credentialed every three…

Facts about The Joint Commission Accreditation Standards

The Joint Commission (TJC), founded in 1951, is the nation’s longest-standing and largest not-for-profit, independent standards organization that accredits and certifies healthcare organizations based on quality in patient safety and process improvement. Its stated mission and vision are headlined by the theme, “Lead the way to zero harm.” TJC currently accredits and certifies more than…

How To Guide: Psychologist Credentialing

Best Practice Psychologist Credentialing and Board Certification Poise for Ease of Teletherapy This blog goes through the steps of psychologist credentialing and certification for hiring, privileging, and laying the ground for practicing telemedicine. Within the range of types of mental health credentialing and behavioral health credentialing, as is true for any taxonomy, there are many…

Top 3 Reasons Why Medical Credentialing is Important

The importance of medical credentialing plays out in so many ways from patient outcomes, to avoiding lost revenue from fines and civil monetary penalties, to operating with a best-practices culture in your delivery of healthcare to your community. Medical credentialing is the most critical process to assure that a healthcare provider is legal and competent….

WHAT IS PROCTORING IN HEALTHCARE?

THE ROLE AND VALUE OF PROCTORS Proctoring in healthcare is an objective evaluation of a provider’s clinical competence by someone serving as a proctor who represents and is responsible to the medical staff. This peer-review tool is an important checkpoint prior to granting privileges. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) published proctoring guidelines for…