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.
In 2019, members of the NAMSS Board convened to review and update the Ideal Credentialing Standards to align with current best practices in the credentialing profession.