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What is credentialing?
Credentialing is the process of reviewing, verifying and evaluating a practitioner's credentials (i.e., professional education, clinical training, licensure, board and other certification, clinical experience, letters of reference, other professional qualifications, gaps in time and disciplinary actions) to establish the presence of the specialized professional background required for membership, clinical privileges, affiliation or a position within a healthcare organization or system.
How long does the credentialing process take?
The efficiency of our process depends on the teamwork of hospital staff, state licensure boards, national certification agencies, education and training facilities, past employers, etc. Our process can take as long as 90 days to complete, but averages 30 days. As in any process, there can be extenuating circumstances, which affect the timeliness of the process. Primary source verification is required on all elements. Many of the verifications are obtained by Internet, telephone, or by fax; however, the majority of our verifications are in writing. Obstacles are sometimes met when the primary source verifications require a fee. The number one delay in the process is an incomplete application. It is extremely important that the application is accurate, complete and up-to-date.
The result of the credentialing process is a comprehensive package of information that will be evaluated by the Department Chairman, Credentials Committee, Medical Executive Committee and the Community Board, to determine if the applicant meets the organizations requirements for membership and or clinical privileges.
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