Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Angie's List Encourages Patients to Make Sure Their Healthcare Providers Are Licensed

Angie's List, a consumer-focused website that allows people to post review services and contractors, recently released an article encouraging patients to check to make sure their healthcare providers are practicing under a current license.

91 percent of respondents said that it is "crucial that their health care providers are licensed," yet most respondents do not check for licensure themselves.

The article presents several interesting situations of unlicensed medical professionals and the potential dangers of having these providers see patients. The article does recognize that many of the "unlicensed" professionals are simply professionals who have let their license expire. Matt Haddad, CEO of Medversant, noted the importance of seeing a properly credentialed provider.

This article is good at highlighting the value of the MSP from the consumer perspective. Patients should not have to ask their providers for proof of licensure when they enter a hospital or call an office to schedule an appointment. They should be able to seek care, knowing that their provider is licensed and competent. It is our job as MSPs to keep sanctioned providers away from patients, and to ensure that providers know the importance of licensure and do not let it lapse.

To read the full article, click here: http://magazine.angieslist.com/Articles/2010/May/NATIONAL/Check-medical-license-before-getting-checked-out.aspx

Source: Angie's List

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