Onboarding Process for Physicians and Nurses

May 21, 2020

Hiring a new practitioner is a complex process for many health care entities. A clear onboarding process can make the transition easier for a physician or nurse signing on as a new provider.

Every provider should have a clear idea of what steps need to be followed during their onboarding process. A checklist can help onboarding go much smoother and efficiently.

Credentialing and Onboarding for Physicians and Nurses

Credentialing and privileging a new practitioner can take months. For a new physician, credentialing includes obtaining the following documentation:

  • State license
  • Board qualification/certification status
  • Surgical logs
  • Documentation of hospital privileges
  • 10-year insurance claims report
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • ACLS/BLS certification
  • DEA certificate
  • Immunization records
  • School diploma
  • Professional reference(s)
  • Residency diploma
  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security card

For Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, documentation is similar, but with several key differences. Credentialing is legally required if the practitioner will be performing direct patient care. It can include:

As part of health care onboarding best practices, most health care organizations begin the process of credentialing and privileging months before the new physician or nurse practitioner begins to practice. An organized process and a third-party solutions provider can speed this process along by creating online portals so as much documentation as possible can be provided prior to their start date.

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