The governing body of each healthcare facility is responsible for credentialing process and can delegate some responsibilities to the staff of the hospital for proper implementation. Qualifications to provide treatment and care to patients that are verified include: checking with NPDB, or the National Practitioner Data Bank, confirming current professional licenses, confirming board specialty certifications, checking with HIPDB, or the Healthcare Integrity Protection Data Bank, CSA (Active Controlled Substances Act) database and other databases, confirmation of membership in associations, and confirmation of degrees.
Hospitals may implement different credentialing criteria, but there are still some requirements established in the vast majority of hospitals. It includes competence, character, judgment and experience.
In many states, hospitals also require an active collaborative practice agreement that should be on record before credentialing. This agreement refers to a relationship between a collaborative physician and the NP. It allows NPs to independently care for his patients within given guidelines and according to regulations. When you successfully complete all the paperwork, the hospital will verify that they believe in your qualifications and provide you patient care at the facility. However, re-credentialing is needed every 2 years, so it’s vital to maintain all documents and papers.
Privileging refers to a process by which the same hospital that approves your credential application grants permission to provide some aspects of patient care. For example, privileging may include prescribing, admitting and performing some procedures. Sometimes, a physician may be trained, credentialed and licensed to provide patient care by the Nurse Practice Act, but usually your practice is limited by the privileges you got within the facility.
In additional to health care institution credentialing, a physician should also be credentialed by nonprofit and for-profit insurance companies and Medicare and Medicaid programs, which are sponsored by the government. Health insurance organization credentialing will allow you to bill for care provided. The paperwork may vary quite dramatically, but most of the time, you should obtain a National Provider Identifier number, which will recognize you as a unique health provider and also as the one who can maintain licensure and certifications. You can apply for the National Provider Number at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Once you have it, your power and validity as a health provider will increase.
As an applicant, you also have your rights. In particular, you have the rights to be informed of the following:
• Right to correct mistakes, conflicted information and erroneous
• Right to review the information you submitted for credentialing
• Right to get informed of the status of your application, upon request
You should direct all questions and request to the consultant at the hospital you’re going to practice in. However, you won’t be notified if your application has errors or mistakes and can be simply denied without telling you the reason. Therefore, check your application multiple times to ensure it is error-free and provide comprehensive information about you and your working experience. You’re the only one who can correct conflicting information and errors.
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