Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Interested in joining a NAMSS-sponsored online community for Managed Care Credentialing professionals?

The National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) is exploring ways to build a new online community for MCO credentialing professional colleagues. Last year, NAMSS organized focus groups to learn more about the needs of the credentialing professional in a managed care or health plan environment. That research told NAMSS that there are not a lot of resources for individuals working in the MCO environment and often times it’s hard to find trusted colleagues to reach out to for advice and mentoring. NAMSS believes a network could help.

The focus groups also found that differences exist between hospital and the managed care environments that need to be considered, such as, a) Joint Commission, HFAP, or DNV accreditation v. NCQA or URAC; b) Differing terminology among environments; and c) Complexity of hospitals overall, as compared to MCOs. Despite this, NAMSS believes that the similarities are stronger than the differences. NAMSS’ goal is to bring together all Medical Services and Credentialing Professionals and provide resources and networking opportunities that aren’t available elsewhere.

If you’d like to be part of a workgroup to share ideas about the best way to build an online community for managed care credentialing professionals, contact NAMSS by sending an email to There’s no cost, and we promise not to waste your time! NAMSS wants to hear your ideas on how best they can support you.

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