Credentialing is the gateway to patient safety. Preventable adverse events in healthcare kill 200,000 to 400,000 Americans annually, making them the third leading cause of death in the United States. Some of these deaths could be avoided if the healthcare system could better identify unqualified healthcare practitioners through the credentialing process. Industry collaboration is essential to realize a credentialing system that reduces costs, streamlines the process, and – ultimately – protects patients. That is why NAMSS convened this important Roundtable discussion.
In May 2014, NAMSS also assembled the Ideal Credentialing Standards (ICS) Roundtable to discuss essential common practices for provider credentialing at medical facilities. By working collaboratively with participants from both the 2014 and 2015 Roundtables, NAMSS hopes to create a better, more efficient credentialing system that best serves patients.