The Changing Face of Medical Staff Services

Shortages among physicians and other healthcare professionals are impacting healthcare organizations across the nation. But that doesn’t mean that healthcare organizations have to sacrifice quality of care. Credentialing cements a physician or other healthcare provider’s knowledge and skills so a healthcare organization can make the right personnel and hiring decisions. In the face of these staffing shortages, medical services professionals (MSPs) often stand between uncredentialed physicians and other healthcare workers and patient safety.

Maintaining a healthcare compliance program can be challenging for compliance officers as they guide their organizations through an increasingly complex landscape, but developing partnerships can help.

“Getting other departments involved is the best way to ensure compliance becomes part of the culture of the organization,” says David Sims, Managing Partner at Security First IT, an IT security and support firm that specializes in healthcare.

Negligent Credentialing Risk Management: 4 Best Practices

Hospitals can be drawn into lawsuits involving physician negligence with “negligent credentialing” claims and the results can be costly for any healthcare organization. Attorney fees and the costs of settling a negligent credentialing case can exceed $100 million, as in the 2012 case of Jane Doe v. Bradley, for example.

4 Key Takeaways from the 2017 Annual Report on Medical Staff Credentialing

Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) are the gatekeepers of patient safety for healthcare organizations. In the last few years, their roles have expanded beyond credentialing to include provider enrollment, onboarding, ongoing and focused professional practice evaluation (OPPE/FPPE), and standardization across health systems and other entities.

How Medical Staff Services Can Adapt to the Growing Physician Employment Trend

In recent years, healthcare organizations have experienced an expansion of physician employment. The healthcare landscape is changing compared to what it looked like ten years ago, but what does this mean for Medical Staff Services?

5 Ways to Improve the Credentialing Process

Medical staff services professionals are on the front line of patient safety, but their work often requires maneuvering a path full of inefficiencies and roadblocks.

Top Takeaways from the 2015 NAMSS Conference for a Brighter Future

Last week, I traveled to the Emerald City of Seattle, Washington for the National Association Medical Staff Services’ (NAMSS) 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition. Similar to the recent American Society for Healthcare Human Resources (ASHHRA) conference, the theme for this year’s NAMSS conference, “Embracing Change: A Journey of Leadership,” also focused on leadership.

5 Reminders Why Background Checks are Critical in Medical Staff Credentialing

While physicians deserve the utmost respect for their important role in taking care of patients, the following recent news stories show that there’s bad doctors out there. Fortunately, there are ways healthcare organizations can minimize risk. For example, incorporating a criminal background check in a medical staff credentialing process can help hospitals safeguard both patients and staff. Cases like these are alarming reminders of why background checks are so important.

Considerations for Creating an Ongoing Healthcare Background Check Policy

While hospitals and other healthcare organizations generally aren’t required to run time-of-hire or ongoing background checks, they often do as part of their voluntary due diligence procedures and to mitigate their liability risk. Some states do require background checks for candidates for certain healthcare positions, but organizations typically run them on all staff members.

Employee Spotlight: Dionne Austin

Dionne Austin, PreCheck’s Director or Credentialing Programs and Product Manager for LicenseManager Pro, has been a key member of the PreCheck family since 2005. This coming October marks her 10 years with PreCheck, and we couldn’t be more excited about this milestone.

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