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Is your facility open to working with clinicians who seek to return to practice after an extended voluntary absence from patient care? Do you have consistent policies for addressing requests from practitioners to expand/change their scope of practice and refresh skillsets they have not used in several years? Either circumstance presents a career opportunity for the practitioner and could address important staffing needs at the hospital; however, these situations pose challenges for medical services professionals (MSPs) tasked with credentialing these clinicians and for the medical staff leaders who need to make a decision related to their current competency for requested privileges.
Returning to practice or reengaging in specific practice areas can be a daunting process, both for the practitioner and for the hospitals where they seek to practice. MSPs struggle with how to provide guidance for their medical staff leaders to objectively and consistently navigate the requirements of privileging and credentialing processes, while at the same time ensuring that patients are safe and well cared for as these practitioners regain their clinical skills. There are many unique challenges presented by practitioners who have a gap in patient care or in specific procedures or services. In order to facilitate an effective and safe transition onto the clinical staff, you must ensure you have appropriate processes in place and methods for monitoring.
When planning a safe reentry process, consider the following:
- What is the practitioner’s current competence?
- What are the practitioner’s general and specific educational needs?
- What should the practitioner do to prepare for leaving and then a return to clinical practice?
- What are options for privileging as the practitioner resumes patient care in general, and in procedural skills in particular?
- What are your internal requirements and, if waived, how do you protect your organization from a negligent credentialing suit?
There are several options for reentry that can be tailored to the practitioner’s specific needs and the needs of the clinical staff. Whether a self-guided reentry or formal reentry programs with detailed monitoring, it’s crucial that you understand the practitioner’s comfort level when returning to actively providing patient care.
For a deeper dive into developing credentialing and privileging processes for clinicians reentering practice, Elizabeth Korinek, M.P.H., Chief Executive Officer – CPEP, and Greeley’s Chief Credentialing Officer, Sally Pelletier, CPMSM, CPCS will be presenting at the NAMSS Conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 22 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. More conference information can be found here.