Corporate Compliance

Tip: Preparing for credentialing and privileging audits

Compliance Monitor, March 9, 2005

Conducting an audit of the medical staff office's (MSO) credentialing and privileging practices can do more than ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. It can also identify opportunities to streamline your facility's credentialing and privileging procedures. Before you conduct such an audit, be sure to read and evaluate the following documents:

  • Medical staff bylaws
  • Interviews with MSO representatives
  • Medical staff privileging request forms
  • Medical staff application and reapplication forms and related documents
  • Medical staff credentials files
  • Allied health credentialing and privilege forms and related policies and procedures
  • Other related policies, procedures, and forms the MSO uses in the credentialing and privileging process

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