At leading hospitals all across the country, where quality patient care is of the utmost concern, administrators often struggle with the task of effectively credentialing prospective physicians.
There are two main reasons for this:
- Medical board rules and requirements vary from state to state, making it extremely difficult to hold physician applicants from different parts of the country to a single set of credentialing standards
- Appropriate credentialing and privileging training has been insufficient on the whole, due largely to a lack of appropriate hospital personnel and resources.
There are logical steps hospitals can take, however, to prevent potentially devastating credentialing scenarios.