National Association Medical Staff Services Announces
Washington, DC (February 26, 2013) —The National Association Medical Staff Services is excited to announce the NAMSS Practitioner Affiliation Sharing Source (NAMSS PASS)—a new tool designed to help Medical Services Professionals efficiently and accurately credential and privilege practitioners in their health care facility. NAMSS PASS is a secure, online repository that provides practitioners’ affiliation history with hospitals, surgery centers, health plans, group medical practices, and other Health Care Entities (HCEs) for the entirety of the practitioners’ careers.
This tool, created through the collaborative efforts of NAMSS and the Practitioner Hospital Data Bank (PHDB), will minimize operational inefficiencies by instantly obtaining a practitioner’s affiliation history for the Health Care Entities (HCEs) where he or she has been credentialed and performing a gap analysis to determine if any credentialing “red flags” are present. If the practitioner is in good standing, NAMSS PASS will immediately print “good standing” letters from any one of the contributing hospitals, if a letter for that practitioner is available (a fee will apply for this service).
“As Medical Services Professionals, patient safety is our primary responsibility,” said NAMSS Immediate Past President Constance E. Riedel, BS, CPMSM, CPCS. “At the same time, given the current economic climate, we also must use our expertise to perform our responsibilities in the most efficient and effective manner possible. NAMSS PASS is an important new tool to aid in this process.”
Initially, the gap analysis data will be available for free to all HCEs that upload their roster of practitioners to the repository. Non-contributing HCEs will need to pay a fee for access to the data. All entities (contributing and non-contributing) can pay a fee to print affiliation letters; however, the first three letters are free.
For more information about NAMSS PASS, please visit www.namss.org.
The National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) is a non-profit professional organization established in 1978 to enhance the professional development and recognition of individuals responsible for medical staff and credentialing services professionals – individuals who strive to assure the public that healthcare practitioners meet or exceed the established standards of care as determined by the regulatory environment and benchmarking standards with the healthcare community. Our more than 4,500 members work with medical staff and administrative leadership in areas such as credentialing, privileging and other quality assurance and improvement projects and are based in medical group practices, hospitals, managed care organizations, and credentials verification organizations. For more about NAMSS, visit www.namss.org.
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