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What Surgeons Want - November 2016 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Get Your Credentialing Files in Order 10 tips to streamline your physician credentialing process. I f you do your own credential- ing, you know it can be a job in itself. Not only is it a challenge to keep up with the regulations and make sure everything is current, but then it's time to re- credential before you know it. But with good preparation and a little creativity, your files can be organized and survey-ready, and contain all the necessary and up-to-date documents. Whether you're the one main- taining your credentialing files or supervising those who do, here are some tips I wish someone would have shared with me. Prepare a request document for applicants. This document lists everything applicants will need to provide. E-mail it to sur- geons and attach facility documents they'll need to complete, including a confidentiality agreement, a Hepatitis B requisition/declination form, and any policies or documents they may need to review. Include a by- laws attestation statement as part of your application process for the potential credentialed staff to sign. It shows that the applicant under- stands the facility by-laws and agrees to abide by them. Also include a permission slip/waiver for applicant signature so you can run all your 1 4 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 Business Advisor Leslie Mattson, RN, BSHM • ALL ZIPPED UP Maintaining credentialing files appropriately is a time-consuming, detailed process.

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