Monday, July 22, 2019

NAMSS Releases its Sixth-Annual Industry Roundtable Report

The 2019 NAMSS Roundtable Report is now available.  NAMSS held its sixth-annual Roundtable discussion with industry stakeholders from 20 organizations including NAMSS on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. The past five NAMSS Roundtables have helped institute significant reforms to the credentialing, privileging, and licensure processes. This year’s Roundtable, Credentialing for Tomorrow, facilitated a discussion around adopting a more modern credentialing process while prioritizing patient safety.

The 2019 Roundtable continued to delve into the technology innovations of 2018 with a focused discussion on digitizing credentialing. The report provides an overview of the high-level discussion about how credentialing will evolve as more entities adopt and embrace technology. The report addresses the perspectives of hospitals, practitioners, payers, accrediting bodies, and government oversight entities on the importance of digitizing credentialing and the challenges associated with full adaptation.

Susan Diaz, NAMSS President, moderated the Roundtable presentation and Susan DuBois, NAMSS Government and Industry Relations Liaison, led the Roundtable participants’ discussion. The Report outlines several themes Roundtable participants discussed, including inconsistent enrollment quality standards, the lengthy process of credentialing a practitioner, excessive verification processes, credentialing non-physician practitioners, and institutions unwillingness to invest in credentialing technologies.  

The Roundtable also featured a discussion by FSMB that provided an update on FSMB’s research into digital credentialing, which compared legal, compliance, and technical aspects of digital signatures, open badges, and block chain.

NAMSS led a presentation with participants discussing their main credentialing pain points and potential alternatives or solutions to these pain points. NAMSS will continue to work with Roundtable participants and other stakeholders to develop standards, embrace innovation, and identify credentialing gaps and shortfalls as technology continues to advance.

The following organizations participated in 2019 Roundtable:
  •          Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  •          American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  •          American Academy of PAs (AAPA)
  •          American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  •          American Hospital Association (AHA)
  •          American Medical Association (AMA)
  •          Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBS)
  •          Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  •          Council for Affordable Quality Care (CAQH)
  •          DNV GL Healthcare
  •          Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  •          Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)
  •          Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
  •          Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
  •          The Joint Commission
  •          Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
  •          Nation Council for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
  •          National Practitioner Data Bank (NPBD)
  •          URAC

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