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Healthcare entities have the responsibility to guarantee the best service to their clients. This is done by developing rules and standards which the staff must follow, delivering the best care possible to patients, responding to the needs of the community, allocating resources most effectively, and creating procedures that allow medical staff members to provide adequate service with the highest quality.
Hospitals, both public and private, have the same core responsibilities regarding their medical staff. The governing body of the hospital (i.e., its board of directors), and any committee to which it delegates authority, is responsible for both credentialing/privileging its medical staff, and implementing a timely, fair and thorough peer review process.
In this seminar, attorney Eric Boughman addresses the fundamentals of medical credentialing and privileging, the process of assessing and validating qualifications, the competence of licensed practitioners, peer review processes, and the evaluation and disciplinary process of staff doctors.
In discussing medical credentialing, Eric will discuss the importance, for healthcare entities and medical practitioners, of knowing and understanding the process needed to be able to perform procedures or treat patients. To become a member of the hospital’s medical staff, the medical practitioners generally must apply for membership. After such an application is accepted, it must go through the credentialing and privileging process. This process validates that physician has the required qualifications, training, and experience for medical staff membership.
Although details of the medical credentialing process vary depending upon the facility, location, medical specialties, and particular circumstances involved, in this section attendees will learn how the general process is carried out.
From a credentialing requirement perspective, we will cover the importance of a well-defined and transparent credentialing and privileging process. We will discuss the new ways in which hospitals and other healthcare organizations are collecting and verifying most of the information required from practitioner applicants.
Credentialing is one of the first steps residents and fellows completing their medical training must take to practice as independent or attending physicians. The credentialing process can be very lengthy and involves an extensive credentialing application. One of the most significant issues that often arise in credentialing is when incomplete or inaccurate information is provided by the applicant or their prior institution/employer. Since this type of situation causes delays and often a lot of time-consuming back-and-forth coordination, attendees will learn some helpful tips and tricks to go over this process successfully.
Eric will also discuss the peer review process. The traditional peer review process in the hospital setting is the evaluation by other physicians of the appropriateness and quality of care provided by an individual physician, generally by other physicians on the same hospital medical staff as the physician being evaluated.
Finally, we will discuss the peer review procedures safeguards, the hearing process, insurance credentialing, and important recommendations. Attendees will gain insight into the credentialing and peer review process and pick up useful pointers and methods for navigating these procedures successfully.
Eric Boughman is an AV-Rated Attorney and Certified Circuit Court Mediator whose law practice focuses on serving clients in the business of healthcare, technology, and other select industries. He relies on a diverse background to solve complex legal issues with a focus on compliance, risk management, and avoiding or reducing exposure to legal threats and lawsuits. His clients include businesses, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs.
Eric spent the first decade of his career as a business litigator representing clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to local startups, in complex legal disputes. Over time, his experience and expertise grew, and Eric expanded his practice to provide a full range of comprehensive legal services, including regulatory, transactional, and general counsel for companies in the healthcare, technology, and med-tech space.
Eric particularly enjoys helping clients avoid legal troubles and aiding settlement among parties in dispute. The most rewarding components of his practice involve serving as a mediator (a neutral facilitator whose mission is to settle legal disputes) and general counsel services he provides for clients on a flat-fee basis.
Eric is a frequent writer and presenter on issues involving health law, privacy, technology, and asset protection. His writings have appeared in multiple American Bar Association publications, including The Florida Bar Journal, Forbes, Daily Business Review, Accounting Today, Kiplinger, Financial Advisor Magazine, Law360, and CEO World, among others.
Eric is admitted to practice law in Florida and Nevada, as well as in the U.S. Tax Court, and in several other courts, nationwide, pro hac vice. He is active with local bar associations, including serving as an appointed member of his local jurisdiction’s grievance committee, and is also active in several charitable endeavors in his local community.