Top 3 Gaps in Medical Staff Background Checks

As we’ve discussed before, a comprehensive background check can enhance a Medical Staff Services department’s credentialing process for the appointment or privileging of physicians. But what does a comprehensive physician background screening program look like? While not an exhaustive list, an effective physician screening program should address the following three gaps in medical staff background checks.

5 Takeaways from the 2014 NAMSS 38th Educational Conference

I had the opportunity to attend the National Association Medical Staff Services’ (NAMSS) 38th Educational Conference in New Orleans last week. While it was my first NAMSS conference, PreCheck has supported the organization as a sponsor for years. Although probably not surprising at this point, it was apparent that the medical services profession is currently experiencing a period of change and transition.

MS 4.15: 6 Key Features of an Effective OPPE/FPPE Program for Medical Staff Services

Evaluating performance and determining privileges can be a challenge for medical staff services departments. According to a study by The Joint Commission (TJC), MS.4.15 was one of the most frequent standards identified as noncompliant in surveys. When compliance gets tied up in performance and engagement, things can get messy.

“Employee engagement” is a term often used in the human resources world; but in a healthcare setting, can it apply to physicians, too? The answer, increasingly, is “yes,” especially as more hospitals bring on physicians as employees instead of just granting them privileges; a step that brings those physicians under the purview of HR professionals, says David Rowlee, Senior Vice President and Practice Leader of Integrated Healthcare Strategies.

Medical Staff Background Screening and the Rise in Physician Arrests

Running background checks on physicians can complement the medical staff services credentialing process, but it never ceases to surprise us when some healthcare organizations share they currently are not conducting background checks on physicians.

Corporate Negligence and Medical Malpractice Considerations for Medical Staff Services

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be a nightmare, but fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the risk your organization may experience, says attorney Joshua McCaig of Polsinelli LLC who spoke about corporate negligence and medical malpractice at the 2013 National Association Medical Staff Services Conference. We connected with him recently to talk about mitigating risk and how medical staff services departments can help protect their organizations. In this article, Mr.

How Physician Background Screening and Credentialing Work Together in Medical Staff Services

As Product Manager for PreCheck’s healthcare license management system, LicenseManager Pro, I’ve taken the National Association Medical Staff Services’ (NAMSS) Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) training course and am familiar with some of the challenges facing medical staff services managers. While the goals may be quite similar, these are some notable differences between background screening and the credentialing process for medical staff services.

Healthcare Performance Management Best Practices

Healthcare organizations face unique challenges when it comes to managing employees and handling human resources responsibilities. It’s a highly stressful industry; frontline providers deal with life-and-death situations. But even in the trenches, it’s important that healthcare HR leaders manage employees and track their performance toward meeting the organization’s objectives, including improving patient satisfaction and care. Here are some ways to keep healthcare employees performing at the top of their game.

5 Ways to Improve Patient Care and Safety

If you’re familiar with PreCheck, you’ve probably heard this before, but ensuring patient safety is what drives everything that we do. During last year’s HealthStream Summit conference in Nashville, HealthStream’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Frist, Jr. cited a research study during the opening keynote presentation that referenced some alarming numbers concerning patient safety. Dr. John T.

Healthcare professionals play a significant role in providing answers and resources to the injured and chronically ill. These doctors, physicians, nurse and health professionals have dedicated their lives to protecting those in need. They are often placed at the forefront during life-threatening situations. Thus, having clear communication performing thorough examinations, and offering proper guidance is imperative.