How hospitals can avoid physician impostors

The Greeley Company’s Chief Credentialing Officer, Sally Pelletier, was recently interviewed for the following story on physician imposters in Becker’s Hospital Review:

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it makes headlines and puts patients at unnecessary risk: phony physicians treating patients as if they have a valid medical license.

An event similar to the situation above happened earlier this year, as a teenager posed as a physician at West Palm Beach, Fla.-based St. Mary’s Medical Center for a month before being exposed as an impostor by an actual physician. According to the hospital, the fake physician “never had contact with any hospital patients and did not gain access to any patient care areas of the hospital at any time.”

Another similar event happened in Maryland, when, in 2013, a woman forged a physician assistant certificate, posed as a PA and treated or diagnosed 137 infants and children before being discovered as a fraud. She was recently sentenced to three years in prison.

These unfortunate situations and others like them can be avoided, says Sally Pelletier, chief credentialing officer for Greeley Company. There are two main ways physician impostors end up in hospitals: security issues and issues with credentialing processes.

Read the full story here.

Share this...Email this to someoneShare on LinkedInShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter