Celebrating Medical Staff Services Awareness Week 2013

In honor of our clients in the medical staff world, PreCheck is celebrating Medical Staff Services Awareness Week. We work alongside our clients every day to help their hospitals and healthcare facilities adhere to industry specific compliance standards and regulations.

What Oregon’s New Provider-Credentialing System Means for Medical Staff Services Managers

Oregon’s new law establishing a statewide provider-credentialing system means big changes for medical staff services managers. The law, passed as SB 604, streamlines provider credentialing by establishing a centralized electronic database for credentialing organizations such as hospitals, insurance companies and other facilities.

What the Law Means

With this move, Oregon is the first state to mandate a single statewide credentialing system for medical providers.

10 Key Healthcare Trends from HealthStream Summit for Success in 2014

Last week, I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee along with a few of my colleagues for HealthStream Summit—an annual conference empowering healthcare professionals to achieve better outcomes in the delivery of patient care. Patient care and safety is what drives everything that we do at PreCheck, which is why we’ve partnered with a company like HealthStream that shares our core values for impacting healthcare.

PreCheck Joins in Race for the Cure to End Breast Cancer

The PreCheck team gathered amongst hundreds of walkers, elite runners and volunteers at this year’s 23rd Annual Susan G. Komen Houston Race for the Cure 5K run. We were more than proud to support two of our bravest members who have recently been affected by this deadly disease – Rhonda Kellum, our Client Services Lead and Gloria Satcherwhite, Sr. Human Resources Generalist/Compensation Analyst.

Year-End Checklist for Medical Staff Services Managers

Now that it’s the fourth quarter of 2013, it’s time to start looking at your year-end checklist so you can get everything done before this year comes to a close — and set yourself up for success in 2014.

Medical staff services managers have a lot to do in the coming months. We’ve created a checklist to help make sure you don’t miss anything important.

PreCheck Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013

To promote awareness and action throughout the month of October, we at PreCheck have kicked off our very own "Sign Your Name" Campaign. We want employees to show their support and to remember those they've lost, root for those they know who are currently fighting the battle and praise those they know who have won the fight against breast cancer. This is an issue that is very close to our hearts at PreCheck, which is why we are kicking off October with this campaign.

Research Suggests State Medical Boards Fail to Properly Discipline Bad Doctors

One common misconception among medical staff services departments is the assumption that the state medical license boards proactively discipline physicians with a history of misconduct. After all, don’t most boards require criminal background checks before granting licensure? While this is certainly a valid point, various studies have recently indicated that medical license boards are not very efficient in taking action against physicians with misconduct.

5 Things HR Should Do About Healthcare Reform This Fall

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- sometimes known as Obamacare -- has been in effect for a couple of years already and is being implemented in stages, so chances are you’ve already been dealing with some of the provisions.

One of the biggest and most talked-about aspects of the PPACA is the system of health exchanges that states are currently in the process of setting up. Open enrollment begins for these health exchanges this fall, and HR managers can expect a lot of questions from employees about their options.

5 Employee Drug Screening Articles Healthcare Employers Should Read

We began this month by discussing the topic of physician impairment and the call for drug screening standards in healthcare. A comprehensive employee drug screening program is a great tool to mitigate risk and reduce overall costs for your organization. Whether you are reviewing your organization's drug screening policy or starting from scratch, here are five recent articles covering advice for employers, industry reports and survey findings concerning drug testing in the workplace. 

On July 10, 2013, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced an upgrade to its Exclusions Search along with the July 2013 List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) update. This isn’t the only recent change to this exclusion list. In June 2013, the OIG added new information to the list: the National Provider Identifier, a Waiver, and a Waiver State. With last month’s changes, the OIG released a redesigned exclusions search of the LEIE as well as the upgraded Online Exclusions Database and the LEIE Downloadable Databases. But what do these changes mean for you as an employer?