Although physician credentialing can be a time-consuming process, it is a necessary one to promote better patient care by providing standards for medical providers.
The industry expectation is to verify providers’ professional work history, licenses, education, and background, but the process of organizing and verifying a doctor’s professional records can become a source of frustration for physicians and their practice.
It is possible to reduce the number and severity of delays and other nuisances that come with credentialing. Consider following the five steps below, which are effective and easy to implement.
1. Start the Credentialing Process Early
Although hospital credentialing can typically be done within 90 days in most scenarios, it is advisable to give it at least 120 days. You may not need the 30 days of extra time, but beginning the credentialing process at least 120 days before your start date will provide a cushion for unexpected delays. It is important to remember that you are working on someone else’s clock, and each facility can have its own internal timeline for credentialing and application processing.
CredentialPro Tip: Do not delay! You may not need the extra 30 days of processing time, but it could come in handy.
2. Carefully Proofread Your Application
About 80% of applications are incomplete or have outdated information. Incorrect information or forgetting to fill out all of the required fields on your application is a preventable mistake that will delay processing.
The following four fields are most commonly overlooked or likely to contain incorrect information.
The physician’s work history and current employment, with the scheduled date of starting work at your practice listed.
Information about malpractice insurance, such as type and amount.
Which colleagues can cover for the physician.
Verification of authenticity by qualified witnesses.
CredentialPro Tip: Taking a few extra minutes to proofread your application before submission, can save weeks of backtracking incorrect information.
As a clinician, your primary focus is the patient. So, let us help you obtain the approval to deliver their care faster!