27 Aug Credential Management has Become a Key Issue for Medical Staffing
When beginning to discuss the issue of credential management in medical staffing, we must first understand what credentialing is.
Credentialing is a system of formally processing the credentials of any healthcare workers attempting to practice medicine. This ensures that the patients of the institution get the best treatment and care by a professional who has all the necessary qualifications and licenses to perform their trade.
Credentialing also makes sure that all medical and healthcare staff are being held to the same standards of professionalism and expertise.
In the modern-day medical and healthcare industry, credentialing has become even more important than ever before, but it has also become much more difficult. This difficulty comes from the expansion of the scope, rise of new requirements of private insurers, and other third-party players.
These new factors in credentialing have risen over the past 20 years, causing the medical staffing departments in hospitals and healthcare facilities around the nation to face a difficult hiring process.
In the medical and healthcare industry, licenses and training often have to be repeated or redone in specific intervals of time to keep the workers up to date on modern technologies and sciences. This also helps to make sure that the medical or healthcare staff still know all the necessary information to perform their job properly.
How Do Staffing Agencies Alleviate This Burden?
While you could try to manage the credentials of all of your employees, this can become an extremely complex task that requires third-party software. Credential management software can track the credentials of all your employees and notify you when their credentials expire, but you still need to put in the work of inputting all of your staff’s credentials for the software to work. You would also need to learn an entirely new software system to ensure it delivers all of the information you need.
Instead of worrying about tracking the credentials of all of your employees, more and more healthcare facilities are turning to staffing agencies. With a staffing agency, you never need to worry about the credentials of those employees as the agency manages all of their credentials for you. This ensures all of your staff remain fully compliant and up to date on all of their licenses, credentials, and training requirements. It also helps limit your liability if an auditor checks the credentials of these employees as they are the responsibility of the staffing agency.