Tips for Efficient Physician Credentialing

ID 100155557Professional credentialing is an important process for all medical practitioners and is essential for obtaining privileges at hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, out-patient clinics or other healthcare entities.

Credentials are often important for any physician to stay on top of; from the entirety of revenue cycle management to explaining to patients how you're qualified to help them with a particular issue, valid credentials are referenced frequently enough that efficiency in obtaining and displaying them is an important job.

Documents and Displays

Whether for insurance reasons, part of your revenue cycle management, admittance to a physician's group, or obtaining privileges at a hospital or surgery center, there are many documents you may need to provide at any given time.  These include records regarding your medical school, internship, and residency, copies of your degree, board certifications and licenses, and many other items designed to tell others exactly how qualified you are in any given area related to your practice.  Other unique documents may also be required under certain circumstances, but keeping all of these in an area that can be accessed on-demand will allow for a much smoother degree of operation.

The Right Tools for the Job

Various items of software exist that are designed to handle the demands of document management.  Before you buy, check to be sure that the software meets your needs.  You may wish to talk to your associates both inside and outside your practice and ask how they handle credentialing requirements.  Your peers may have some recommendations that can help save you time and money.  A virtual storage database is key, either within your practice or in another area.

For maximum efficiency, you may want to employ the services of a company such as Health Information Services to manage your documents for you alongside their normal revenue cycle management activities.  This option has a multitude of benefits, including the services of a professional staff whose job it is to ensure that all documents are created and provided in a timely fashion, determine whether or not any information is missing so that it can be obtained as soon as possible, and otherwise perform general upkeep of relevant subscriptions and necessary document submissions.  It also removes the requirement for hosting and maintaining the information on a personal machine, allowing the burden of tech support to fall to another company.