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Tip of the week: Send reference requests to the VPMA

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, January 22, 2009

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In order for the disclosing hospital to present a clear and uniform representation of a practitioner’s experience to the requesting hospital, it is important to streamline references.

“All good hospitals should instruct their department chairs never to give any telephonic references or any references in writing,” says Brian M. Peters, Esq., an antitrust health law partner at Post & Schell, PC, in Philadelphia. “All requests for references that hospital chairs receive or any other medical staff leader receives should be directed to the vice president of medical affairs (VPMA) or medical affairs office for a consistent, uniform, and fully informed response. Department chairs who unilaterally give references that are incorrect or misleading, however inadvertently, place both themselves and their hospitals at significant liability risk.”

This week’s tip is from “Learning form the appealed Kadlec court ruling: Ten tips for credentialing in today’s legal and healthcare environment.” It appeared in Briefings on Credentialing, August 2008.



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