Credentialing, Past Present and Future

Across the country, hundreds of new, aggressive credentialing organizations are busy collecting detailed information on physicians. In addition to conducting routine background checks about physician’s education, training, malpractice history and licensure, these for-profit companies are looking for details on personal bankruptcy, child support payments and tax records They are packaging the information and selling it to hospitals, managed care organizations, group practices and anyone else who wants to work with-and check up on-physicians.

At the same time, an even newer type of credentialing organization is springing up that collects detailed information on physicians-but one that physicians themselves pay for themselves. Professional societies like EPCMS are taking the lead in creating these services, which in effect allow physicians to credential themselves by undergoing a voluntary credentialing process and taking a series of self-assessment exams.

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