Bylaws Best Practices for Today

In most hospitals nationwide, physician leaders are redesigning the way they tackle self-governance, credentialing, peer review, communication, and medical staff administration. Yet in spite of dramatic changes like these, most medical staffs are organized and function much as they have for decades. This white paper offers insights to help you revise your bylaws to accurately… [Read More]

Approaching ED Call Compensation as a Negotiation

Physicians are rapidly moving from assuming emergency department (ED) call is an obligation of medical staff membership to assuming ED call is a hospital obligation they should be paid to fulfill. Once they’ve made this shift, they want to know how much they will be paid for call. In fact, physicians are increasingly dictating this… [Read More]

Taking the Fear and Confusion Out of Core Privileges

Confused about what The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) really require for privileging? If so, you’re in good company. With the introduction of ongoing professional practice evaluation (OPPE) and focused professional practice evaluation (FPPE), TJC focused a harsh spotlight on privileging that continues today. Since that time, there… [Read More]

Privileging for New Technology and New Privileges

With the rapid evolution of new technology, the declining reimbursement for physicians and hospitals, and the necessity to continually innovate and improve the quality of care, the pressure to institute new technology and introduce new privileges while keeping patients safe is a growing concern. But introducing new technology and new privileges carries risks: Will the… [Read More]

Privileged Versus Non-Privileged: Which Practitioners Should Be Privileged?

Many healthcare organizations continue to struggle with which practitioners should—or must—be privileged via the medical staff process. This is not a simple issue and is further complicated by the fact that there is a lot of “folklore” about what is required in this area to be in compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements. Click here to… [Read More]

Low-Volume/No-Volume Practitioners: Best Practices

The accelerating exodus of physicians from hospitals today creates a challenge for most medical staffs: what to do with low-volume and no-volume providers. At reappointment time, department chairs, credentials committees, and medical staff professionals wonder what to do with these providers for whom they have no performance data. To develop the best approach to low-volume/no-volume… [Read More]

The Greeley Company’s Evolving MSP Competencies

When we think about the essential elements of a truly effective medical staff services department or credentialing office, we recognize the pivotal role of the medical services professional (MSP).  But what would a progressive medical staff services department or credentialing office look like if it continuously fulfilled its mission in patient safety while also supporting… [Read More]

A Novel Approach for the Medical Staff Services Department


Hospitals and health systems regularly outsource non-core functions to specialty service companies to increase service levels, enhance quality, and control cost. The medical staff services department has historically been ‘below the radar’ as a business function. Increasingly, however, the workload and service levels of this function have a direct effect on revenue, cost, quality, compliance,… [Read More]