Hospital Closures May Bring an End to Outdated Provider Credentialing Processes

Speed, accuracy, interoperability, and portability are some of the key elements of an effective credentialing strategy, but older systems make it hard to implement efficient technological solutions. Since May, the Becker’s Hospital Review has reported that 15 hospitals closed, with rural hospitals being the most vulnerable to reasons like competition for patients at acute care facilities, a reduction of elective care because of COVID-19 and lack of Medicaid expansion critical to rural communities. This means other health care organizations are responsible for properly credentialing licensed professional healthcare providers, but it is not an easy task since references – a reliable way to confirm staff status and prior privileges – are no longer available. It would be helpful for those in jeopardy of closing to create a portable file that can be provided to all practitioners when they move on to new facilities.


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