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2018 ROUNDTABLE: THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL CREDENTIALING

NAMSS held its 5th annual industry roundtable, titled “The Future of Digital Credentialing” on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC. This year’s discussion focused on digital credentialing, or the wide range of new and emerging technologies that could be used to streamline the credentialing process and cut down on inefficiencies. Digital credentialing technologies present an exciting opportunity for the healthcare industry, but need to be addressed with a keen eye towards potential obstacles and pitfalls. 

The 2018 roundtable marked the beginning of a new conversation around disruptive technology and its impact on credentialing. The discussion was thoughtful, engaging, and productive, and NAMSS will continue to work with the roundtable participants and industry stakeholders to create and implement process guidelines, governance, and best practices that will be needed as technology continues to develop.

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2017 ROUNDTABLE: BUILDING BLOCKS FOR THE FUTURE

NAMSS held its 4th annual industry roundtable, titled “Building Blocks for the Future” on Thursday, May 18 at The Westin in Alexandria, VA. This year’s discussion shifted the format of past roundtables to focus on blockchain technology, which was gaining traction as a potentially transformative technology that could have significant implications for credentialing. NAMSS presented an overview of blockchain and some potential applications for the credentialing process, and pledged to work in tandem with industry partners to monitor the development and evolution of blockchain technology in the healthcare space.

This year’s roundtable was a fascinating dive into a newly emergent, innovative technology that is making waves in the healthcare industry and beyond. Participants explored the pros and cons of adopting blockchain applications into the credentialing process, and emphasized the importance of a well-maintained governance structure for any new credentialing application. NAMSS looks forward to continuing to working with industry partners towards a stronger, more efficient, and more streamlined credentialing process.

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2016 ROUNDTABLE: REAL REFORM THROUGH POSITIVE DISRUPTION

The National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) held its 3rd annual industry roundtable, titled “Real Reform through Positive Disruption” on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD. This year’s discussion focused on enacting meaningful, impactful change in the health care provider credentialing and licensure processes. To continue the facilitation of these important discussions, NAMSS will be establishing work groups of roundtable participants and other industry leaders for each of the four areas of discussion: the Verification of Graduate Medical Education Training Form, the Model Credentialing Application, the Recredentialing and Reappointment processes, and the Criminal Background Check process.

This year’s roundtable was a giant leap toward real reform through positive disruption, and it is only the beginning. Through the establishment of industry work groups and through continued partnerships with industry leaders, NAMSS looks forward to producing and executing change in the credentialing and licensure processes this year.

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2015 ROUNDTABLE: NAMSS PAYER CREDENTIALING ROUNDTABLE REPORT

Following on the success of the 2014 roundtable discussion regarding facility credentialing, the National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) convened a roundtable on May 7, 2015, of notable industry representatives to introduce and discuss the essential data elements for practitioner credentialing with payer organizations. At present, practitioner credentialing, while required within multiple areas of the healthcare industry, is time-consuming, inefficient, and depletes resources that would otherwise be available to deliver higher quality patient care.

NAMSS has identified and vetted the essential data elements to recognize where standardization would create a more efficient and effective process. NAMSS’ assessment includes a thorough review of the current credentialing system to identify efficiencies and deficiencies.

The Payer Credentialing Roundtable participants represented the following 13 entities: Aetna, Cigna, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Net, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association’s Organized Medical Staff Section, the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Medical Group Management Association, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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2014 ROUNDTABLE: NAMSS IDEAL CREDENTIALING STANDARDS


On May 8, 2014, the National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) convened a roundtable of notable industry representatives to introduce and discuss best practice standards for the initial credentialing of independent practitioner applicants in medical facilities.  At present, practitioner credentialing, while required within multiple areas of the healthcare industry, is time-consuming, inefficient, and depletes resources that would otherwise be available to deliver higher quality patient care.  

NAMSS has identified and vetted the essential data elements to recognize where standardization would create a more efficient and effective process.  NAMSS’ assessment includes a thorough review of the current credentialing system to identify efficiencies and deficiencies.