Credentialing & Privileging | 05.05.23
What's Up, Doc? How to Know If Your Physician Is Up to Date on Their Specialty
Brian Kaminski, vice president of quality and patient safety at ProMedica, says patients can evaluate the current status of their doctors' medical skills by looking into their medical education. All U.S. states and medical boards require physicians to obtain continuing medical education (CME) in order to retain their licenses. Ohio, for example, requires all physicians to complete 50 hours of category one American Medical Association-approved CME every two years. CME classes come in multiple formats, including seminars, workshops, and conferences. Although board certification is not obligatory for doctors, some health plans recognize and reward physicians who participate in maintenance of certification activities. Some health systems only provide hospital privileges to those with certification. Ad-on training is also required for physicians at most hospitals. The credentialing process also applies to doctors in private practice, while those who only work in hospitals must be affiliated with a hospital entity to meet medical malpractice mandates and thus go through credentialing.