I asked questions of an agency for their views on credentialing.
Credentialing is a beast and can cause major headaches for the CRNA as well as the recruiter. I’m taking time to ask a recruiter some big questions.
What is internal credentialing and how does it vary from the facility credentialing?
--Often times there is internal credentialing for the agency which just looks to make sure all items are up to date and in hand for presenting an Anesthetist to a facility. A cursory look that all information is up to date and filled in is just the start.
The credentialing packet that is recommended by LocumCRNA.com at https://www.locumcrna.com/credentialing/is a great start and the FREE CV template available at the bottom of https://www.locumcrna.com/store/are a great set of tools to provide a recruiter.
It’s highly recommended to put all documents in a folder on your laptop or iPad so it can easily be sent to a recruiter or hospital administrator. For example Dropbox is one place.
Is there a credentialing packet for the hospital too?
--Yes, some agencies will have someone to pre-fill data for you and others will send you the packet and have you fill out the packet with an overnight return envelope. The faster and more complete the information the more likely all will be submitted and done on-time!
Does TIVA pre-fill in data?
--Yes, our credentialing team will pre-fill our internal on-line app as well as any hospital applications. Some facilities have a pre-app as well as a hospital application.
How long does internal credentialing take and what is the estimated time for most Sheridan facilities to finish credentialing?
-- Internal credentialing with TIVA is about 2 weeks and the facilities range from 45 days to 90 days from the time the hospital application is back to the MSO.
Does a group ever tell a credentialing department how long they have to approve or deny credentialing?
--The group does not dictate the time to credential; that comes from the Medical Staff Office and the hospital by-laws. Having everything together and in with the first submission will make it significantly easier for everyone.
Robert Moore – Senior Recruiting Consultant/Key Contributor
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