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Credentialing is a critical undertaking no matter the size of your practice. Here's how to make the process less cumbersome.
Credentialing is a critical undertaking no matter the size of your practice. Both the internal credentialing and privileging process or the insurance payer credentialing process are necessary-and important-to ensure physicians are ready and able to see patients.
Locum tenens physicians play a key role in healthcare delivery, providing care for facilities that may not otherwise be able to see patients. But before physicians can go to work, they first need to go through a facility’s credentialing process.
Because almost every healthcare facility has a different setup, we have partnered with the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters on a joint research project to identify ways to improve the credentialing experience for physicians and facilities. Together, we held focus groups and surveyed physician recruiters and credentialing professionals in a wide variety of practices from around the country.
The four most common challenges we found were:
Since facilities have different workflows, it’s impossible to say there is one perfect way to credential a physician. However, here are four foolproof ways to improve any process:
Is it time to streamline your process?
Streamlining your process could result in less time spent credentialing, faster reviews, and improved communications with both internal and external stakeholders. Credentialing is inherently complicated. However, adopting some, or all, of these tips can make for a smoother experience, make working with outside agencies and providers easier, and help your patients be seen by a physician faster.
Lisa Grabl is president of CompHealth, the nation’s largest provider of locum tenens physicians and founder of the traveling physician industry. Lisa joined CompHealth in 2001 as a sales consultant and excelled in a variety of management roles prior to being named president in 2017. Lisa is passionate about building lasting relationships and helping her team members reach their highest potential.