In 2001, The Greeley Company created The New Credentialing Standard to inspire improved credentialing programs. It was intended to help hospitals and other healthcare organizations prepare for increased scrutiny by private and regulatory agencies in charge of overseeing patient safety. It was also designed to identify and exclude doctors who have committed fraud or behaved unethically or incompetently.
Now renamed The Greeley Evolving Credentialing Standard: Protecting Patients, Healthcare Organizations, and Healthcare Practitioners in recognition of the fact that leading credentialing practices should not be static, the overall goal of the latest, 60-page version of this guide is still the same: to minimize risks to the patient, the healthcare organization, and healthcare practitioners— including those in an administrative role who are responsible for credentialing as well as those in clinical roles (e.g., partners and other members of the healthcare team).
Adapting the Standard as a part of your organization’s credentialing process is not about achieving minimal compliance with regulatory or accreditation requirements for credentialing; the Standard is intended to provide a framework for further inquiries into a practitioner’s background.
The Greeley Evolving Credentialing Standard: Protecting Patients, Healthcare Organizations, and Healthcare Practitioners covers The Greeley Company’s “16 Elements for Credentialing Excellence” and includes a comparison of regulatory and accreditation standards, tools, and guidance for credentialing and privileging best practices.