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Winning Across the Continuum: Partnering for Population Health in a Time of Shifting Reimbursements

White Paper: Athena Health

At varying paces nationally, payment models are shifting from fee-for-service to fee-for-value, including new models in which leading provider organizations take on the financial risk of providing health care to a pre-defined population. While many agree that value-based reimbursement will become increasingly common, fee-for-service contracts remain the dominant form of reimbursement in most markets. A recent poll found that 81 percent of health systems and hospitals are participating in a mix of value-based reimbursement models combined with fee-for-service.1 For the foreseeable future, hospitals, health systems and other large provider organizations will have a foot in two boats and the engines in both must be able to run efficiently.

Optimizing Practice Growth: 7 Proven Strategies for Success

White Paper: Athena Health

The pressure exerted on practices to grow, often through integration with additional practices or with larger health care systems, has been strong for years, and the trend shows no signs of abating. There are multiple reasons for this trend. One is the desire for critical mass to gain leverage with payers in specific markets as payer reimbursement declines relative to increased cost. Another is the shift to quality-based reimbursement, risk contracts, and Accountable Care models—all of which require actuarial data and expertise in pricing insurance along with the infrastructure to handle population management.

How to face Life Sciences sales organizations

White Paper: Sutherland Global Services

Regulatory policies at both Federal and State levels and interaction restrictions with physicians have severely impeded the effectiveness of the prime Life Sciences Sales Channel–The Field Sales Representative (FSR). Highly publicized cases of misinformation/misrepresentation and aggressive/invasive sales techniques had also cloaked the Life Science Product sales profession with a negative reputation

Global Strategies for Outsourcing Support Services

White Paper: Aramark Healthcare

This position paper examines the changing operational and economic pressures on healthcare providers, their subsequent effect on the delivery of quality services, and the potential value to outsourcing support services to professional companies operating within the healthcare sector. The shift from tactical to strategic outsourcing is examined, along with the benefits of establishing systemic long-term, multi-service outsourcing relationships with a single service provider.

Titration Theory and Practice

White Paper: Mettler Toledo

Titration is the method of analyzing the concentration of an unknown substance in a solution with the help of a titrant of known concentration based on the complete chemical reaction that occurs between the unknown substance and the titrant. It is one of the widely used laboratory technique of quantitative chemical analysis in the fields of chemical, electronic, food and beverage industries. The titration theory is determined by the type of the chemical reaction that occurs in the different titration process which is then monitored through a color indicator or potentiometric principle and a distinction between endpoint and equivalence point is made to establish the concentration of the unknown substance. Key takeaways from this white paper: Titration is a well-established analytic technique with higher precision and accuracy. It also provides good price and performance ratio compared to other techniques. Distinct differences between automated titration and manual titration are established. A complete guide for Karl Fisher’s titration process is provided in details. Detailed understanding of titration components and process.

Clean Balancing

White Paper: Mettler Toledo

A clean work area leads to better results contributing to a healthier environment. Cleaning imparts a significant effect to both the operator safety as well as minimizing the risk of cross-contamination. A Clean Balance for your laboratory is a first step towards safe and accurate weighing results. It also helps in providing an enhanced shelf-life to your instrument. Engaging into cleaning procedures, not only increases operating reliability, but also, reduces equipment failure rates. Find out more on balance cleaning through the Whitepaper below that will help in addressing your concerns: Are my equipments well cleaned, sterilized, decontaminated, or disinfected? Are you using the appropriate cleaning agent for your instrument? What are the standard balance cleaning procedures to be taken?

What are the best practice for correct use and maintenance of pipettes

White Paper: Mettler Toledo

While it is important for researchers to choose the most appropriate type and volume range of pipettes, it is equally important to establish a regular pipette testing program to confirm that performance remains within the specified limits, supported by preventive maintenance and calibration if necessary. The more frequent pipette performance tests, the sooner defective pipettes will be detected and taken out of service, decreasing the risk of incorrect results and helping to minimize the need for corrective action. For assuring pipette performance, organizations have to follow essential requirements of a pipette care, maintenance plan, regulatory scheduled testing, and maintenance. What is the use of pipette maintenance? What is the impact of pipette performance testing? What is the future of pipette performance management and storage of pipettes? Move ahead and read the following white paper that will address all your questions, including these: What are the various types of pipettes? What are the best practices for pipette performance management and pipette performance assurance? What are the different testing, calibration, and preventive maintenance for pipettes? How to find a good service provider and manage the full service cycle?

Impact of Pipetting Technique

White Paper: Mettler Toledo

A pipette being the most important of all equipments in a laboratory requires to be well chosen. The pipetting system helps researchers to make informed choices on various equipments for calibration and routine operations. Choosing the right pipette helps in achieving accurate results. Dosing small volumes of liquid into different apparatuses can be tiresome at times, and is practiced on daily basis for research purposes. Thus, it is essential to use high-quality pipettes and controllers for increased level of productivity, and reducing person-hours at laboratories. Read a detailed guideline on Pipetting Systems with the White paper published below to address your concerns: Does your current pipette equipment give results with precision and consuming less time? How does pipetting techniques and use of good quality pipettes made from PVDF polymers enhance your result accuracy? Is the right pipette chosen for conducting the research study?

WHAT IS CALIBRATION AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT

White Paper: Mettler Toledo

The understanding of behavior process of weighing devices is known as calibration. A weighing instrument can be calibrated without making adjustments.  Calibration certificates have passed and failed sections to determine whether a measurement device is working ‘well enough’ with the help of tolerance. Standards weights are defined for particular units as test weight. The relationship between the known value and the measured value helps in understanding the behavior of the weighing instrument. Key takeaways from this white paper:   Calibration is not the same as an adjustment. The calibration process can be done without adjustments. Tolerance is gathered from a variety of sources and the correct tolerance does not exist. Measurement uncertainty determines the difference between actual value and the measured value. Calculation of measurement uncertainties helps in determining the minimum weight. The relative measurement uncertainty is smaller than the weighing tolerance requirement during weighing more than the minimum weight.

Achieve HIPAA Compliance

White Paper: 123contactform

HIPAA allows a transparent and secure management of PHI, reducing health-care abuse and fraud. Complying with HIPAA and putting your patient forms online is a top priority for health Institutions to keep patient's private information safe and secure. The best solution is relying on a solid and trustworthy HIPAA-compliant platform, which centralizes patients’ private and sensitive information, by following the procedures that ensure confidentiality and security when receiving, handling, transferring and storing PHI. This white paper will answer your questions such as: Why do health institutions need a HIPAA -compliant data solution? My clinic is not in the USA, why are HIPAA -compliant forms relevant for me? What are the benefits of automated online processes for your health institution? What are the top inefficient processes for health institutions? How 123contactform addresses the most important issues for health institutions?

Value-Based Care The Future of Health Care

White Paper: GSI Health

Value-based care is a kind of model in which providers are paid for keeping patients well (fee-for-value), not for the number of services they perform (fee-for-service). Integrating healthcare coordination with robust analytics into a single platform provides the big picture of patient care, enabling efficient, collaborative care for diverse teams to treat complex populations. This whitepaper discusses about the value based care in the healthcare industry and how you need to do it in an informed way, and with measurable outcomes. Key takeaways from this whitepaper: Standards and operational norms that the industry believes is the right path The Solution—Integrated Care Coordination and Robust Analytics How to navigate the complexities and challenges of integrated healthcare Ways to improve the health of your patients and your population

Using Technology to Revolutionize the Health Care Industry

White Paper: GSI Health

In today's healthcare industry, technology is playing an extremely important role. Integrating care coordination and analytics in a single platform is not only more efficient, but also enables providers to deliver more effective care to both patients and populations. Flexible and customizable analysis and reporting for operations and outcomes help allocate resources and streamline compliance. This whitepaper provides insights on using technology to revolutionize the healthcare industry. It addresses questions like: How to navigate the complexities and challenges of integrated healthcare How to proactively address gaps in patient care and find opportunities for improvement How to effectively manage high-risk patients to reduce costs  

Managing the safety, health and security of mobile workers: An occupational safety and health practitioner’s guide

White Paper: The International SOS Foundation And IOSH

Ensuring health and security of workers are complex and ever-evolving subjects, encompassing medical, legal, security, business continuity, financial and reputational considerations. There is a need to have clear organizational policies and strategies in place as well as competent individuals to manage the travel security, health and safety for all travelers with a view to reducing risks and promoting the health, safety, security and well-being of an ever-increasing and varied mobile workforce. This white paper sets out the health, safety and security responsibilities of organizations for internationally-mobile workers. It covers the need to: - Have a health and safety policy in place that includes travel safety, health and security and to make sure these policies are actively enforced - Carry out risk assessments in order to understand properly the relative security, health and safety  risks that will apply to employees while they are abroad, tailored to the specific circumstances of the business trip or international assignment - Ensure that a system is in place to be able to pinpoint employees’ location in order to ensure their safety  

Improving the Guest Experience: How Technology is Changing the Hospitality Industry

White Paper: Intelity

With the technological advancement, there is a progression in the average traveler’s idea of what sort of service they should receive when staying in a hotel. That service will likely revolve around enhanced guest satisfaction through the efficiency of modern technological innovations. Technology is introducing new tools for the industry, which are becoming readily available for the savvy hotelier looking to impress guests and improve their stay experiences. This whitepaper provides insights on how technology is changing the hospitality industry. Key takeaways from this whitepaper: The Impact of Mobile Technology High Touch vs. High Tech Guest Data and Experience Personalization A Focus on Security and Privacy After all, modern times demand modern accommodations.

Value of Clinical and Business Data Analytics for Healthcare Payers

White Paper: Nous Infosystems

With the increasing need for business data analytics, healthcare payers must plan and implement solutions that make secondary use/re-use of data which is already available in various applications. This whitepaper to get an overview of the different sources of data, that payer systems can consider, advancements in bigdata, the challenges encountered, opportunities presented and listing of some of the common dashboards that healthcare payer industry implements. It highlights: Business Data Analytics for Customer Insights Data Analytics for Predictive Analytics Advantages of Data Warehousing Data Analytics to help in System Management

Targeted Care Management: An Intelligence-Based Approach to Preventing Readmissions

White Paper: AxisPoint Health

Hospital readmissions have been under the microscope in recent years as payers and providers seek ways to rein in unnecessary healthcare costs. The optimal solution for it combines a predictive model, proven care management strategies, and embedded nurse case managers. This whitepaper helps in reducing unnecessary readmissions by care management strategies based on the readmission risks.  Key takeaways from this whitepaper: Various tested case management approaches A predictive readmissions tool-to reliably predict readmission risk Health care industry zeroing in on how to dramatically reduce readmissions

Speeding Digital Healthcare Transformation

White Paper: DigitalML

Digital Healthcare Transformation, from EHRs to HIEs to patient portals to mobile apps for doctors, has moved from topics of conversation to everyday experiences for many patients today. Large healthcare firms are continually looking for new ways to drive future growth while managing the cost of care, given the exciting opportunities in Digital Healthcare. This whitepaper explains how the right integration and service delivery approach in Digital Healthcare is a powerful enabler of business success, and accelerate the delivery of these services in order to connect core systems and promote omni-channel, speeding new products to market. Key takeaways from this whitepaper: Digital Healthcare Transformation Has Arrived Why Do Healthcare Executives Want Digital? Speed Digital Healthcare Transformation With the Ignite Service Design Platform

Continuity of Operations Planning for Healthcare Organizations

White Paper: LiveProcess

A Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) ranks the essential business functions an organization must perform even in an emergency and then puts in place means for ensuring that they continue. A COOP ensures that the need to plan for both more complex patient care issues and a higher level of community coordination are taken into account for emergency preparedness planning. A COOP also addresses preparing for the loss of business-related functions, such as facility operations, databases, technology, supply chain services, utilities, and critical records. This whitepaper provides information about continuity of operations (COOP) planning for hospitals and healthcare. It talks about: When to use a COOP Steps to developing a COOP New CMS emergency preparedness requirements focus on continuity of operations Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)-Cornerstone of every COOP Arrangements with healthcare needed to ensure continuity of operations for essential services

Internal vs Outsourced Billing Analysis

White Paper: Group One Health Source

Medical billing has proven to be one of the most complex and crucial components as the recent industry changes have added many challenges and complexities to the business of the medical practice. Aside from clinical services, revenue cycle management is the most important process of a medical practice. The decision to outsource medical billing should not be taken lightly.  This whitepaper on "Internal vs. Outsourced Medical Billing Analysis," provides you insights about the potential financial gains your medical practice can experience with outsourced medical billing. It helps you to understand: How to compare various medical practice costs The cost of outsourcing and in house medical billing operations as a percentage of collections Why more medical practices are choosing to outsource their medical billing services today This guide is the complete cost comparison of in-house medical billing operations vs. outsourced medical billing services.

Accelerating the Improved Patient Journey through Real World Evidence

White Paper: SHYFT Analytics, Inc.

Why Real World Evidence (RWE) is important to drive improvements in patient outcomes? Real World Evidence (RWE) has long been heralded as a “game changer” for the life sciences industry. Real World Evidence is the term used to describe research findings that use data that is gathered outside of standard clinical trials. This informative whitepaper highlights the growth, importance and benefits of Real World Evidence data to the pharma industry.It addresses the questions such as: Why Real World Evidence (RWE) is an important driver of decision-making in healthcare? How does Real World Evidence analytics accelerate the Improved patient Journey and descision making ? What are some of the main challenges in establishing Real World Evidence programs? What are the ongoing data challenges and unrealized opportunities when it comes to Real World Evidence data? What are the steps taken by the organizations in order to standardize the collection and structure of Real World Evidence data?  

The Value of the State Immunization Registry Program to Improve Vaccination Rates and Quality of Care in Retail Pharmacies

White Paper: Scientific Technologies Corporation

The state immunization registry, or immunization information system (IIS), is an important resource for consolidated patient immunization records so that vaccination providers can access this information.Over the years state immunization registry have evolved into sophisticated data management and clinical decision support tools for vaccination providers. Read this informative whitepaper that brings you the best practices to improve vaccination rates and quality of care in retail pharmacies through state immunization registry.It addresses below questions : What are the biggest barriers to provide immunization services in community practice?  Why the retail-based pharmacist vaccinators have not taken up using the IIS as part of their daily pharmacy vaccination workflow? Did having the registry information provide a positive return on investment in terms of benefits gained? How using the registry impact the vaccination rates for the patients receiving pharmacy immunizations? How to take advantage of an immunization information programs to increase vaccination rates? What steps do private companies take to increase vaccination rates and why? Download this whitepaper to learn how to make immunization registry the best possible way to improve Vaccination Rates and Quality of Care in Retail Pharmacies

Biomarkers and Acute Kidney Injury (AKI): Pre-analytical Considerations are Critical for Early Detection of AKI

White Paper: Pacific Biomarkers

Biomarkers for the prediction of acute kidney injury: A review on current status and future challenges Biomarker of acute kidney injury (AKI) is strongly associated with increased morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. The approach to analyzing AKI biomarkers has been to provide pharmaceutical and biotech companies with services for testing robust novel biomarkers that have undergone thorough analytical validation and clinical qualification with the expectation to diagnose early organ injury. Read this insightful whitepaper on ''Biomarkers for early detection of acute kidney injury'' to know more on: How to target biomarkers that can detect acute kidney injury (AKI) and what the potential of an AKI biomarker program is. What are the issues surrounding the best methods of collecting and storing urine used for detection of AKI in human subjects? Acute kidney injury biomarkers performance assesment 

Incretins & Gastrointestinal Hormones: Pathophysiology and Pre-analytical Considerations

White Paper: Pacific Biomarkers

Testing for incretins, and other gut hormones, presents numerous challenges because of their instability. Therefore, proper sample collection and meticulous pre-analytical and analytical sample handling are crucial for successful quantification of these biomarkers. Incretins, which are insulinotropic gastrointestinal hormones, are produced mainly in K and L cells of the small intestine under the influence of nutritional stimuli. This insightful whitepaper sees into queries like: What are the significant challenges in the measurement of incretins and gut hormones? What is the best practice for minimizing pre-analytical variability associated with blood collection, processing and storage? What are the additional pre-analytical steps that should be considered when samples are obtained for quantification of active acylated ghrelin? Download this whitepaper that provides insights about the challenges, best practices and major concerns regarding commercial assays for reliable quantification of incretins and gut hormones and specific pre-analytical and analytical processes as well as data analysis to improve sensitivity.

Preanalytical Considerations in the Design of Clinical Trials and Epidemiological Studies

White Paper: Pacific Biomarkers

Preanalytical considerations in the design of clinical trials and epidemiologic studies are the cornerstones of the biochemical analyses. The main subject of clinical study design and epidemiology research is to monitor health, detect the harmful side effects and study the impact of therapeutic interventions. However, the largest contribution of errors in the clinical study design and epidemiology is associated with preanalytical phase. Do you think preanalytical variables are given sufficient consideration when designing clinical trials or epidemiologic studies? What strategies can be used to minimize preanalytical variables in clinical trials or epidemiologic studies? Is there a technology or a process to improve stability of sample analytes so that future investigations will not suffer from poor sample quality? What are the common challenges encountered during the preanalytical phase? This whitepaper discusses the factors to be considered during clinical trial designing and challenges faced during preanalytical phase such as: Availability of limited resources during the clinical designing. Technology and storage processes used to store the biomarker samples. Time elapsed between the sample collection and the stabilizing agents used to store the samples. Download this whitepaper with a brief insight into the issues of preanalytical variables and how they impact the clinical trial design and epidemiologic studies.

Document Management for Healthcare Staffing

White Paper: PDFfiller

A user-friendly healthcare document management platform can save lot of time and money by improving patient care and satisfaction, also reducing the risk of damage and increasing collaboration. Implementing an Online Document Management System can help you manage medical records and patients' healthcare information cost effectively by eliminating human auditing error. Does your healthcare organization need a document management service compatible with multiple platforms and devices? For an informed decision when choosing the right user friendly document management platform that can increase workflow efficiency, you should know: What type of Document Management System does your healthcare organization need? What types of documents do you want to store in the Medical Document Management System you have chosen? What are the benefits of using Document Management System in healthcare? How can Online Document Management System generate a significant return on investment for your healthcare organization? This whitepaper on healthcare document management outlines a case study on flexibility and integrated approach to maintain accurate payroll records document management.

National Evaluation System for Medical Devices:Compliance & Regularity

White Paper: EngiSystems

National Evaluation System for Medical Devices has been built using real-world evidence to improve device safety and effectiveness. The establishment of a National Evaluation System for Medical Devices generates evidence across the total product lifecycle of medical devices by strategically and systematically leveraging real-world evidence and applying advanced analytics. This whitepaper provides insights to organizations in order to meet regulatory compliance requirements while managing cost vs. patient outcomes through this National Evaluation System. Key takeaways from this white paper on “National Evaluation System for Medical Devices: Compliance & Regularity”: What is the need of upcoming FDA strategic initiatives? How medical device companies plan and respond to the changing climate? How they can help improve compliance, optimization and sustainability? What are the highlights of the National Evaluation System’s strategic priorities plan? Mark your calendars for building the National Evaluation System for medical devices!!

Implementing a Clinical Data Repository and Analytics Platform in 90 Days

White Paper: EClinical Solutions, LLC

What is the need of having a Clinical Data Repository and Analytics solution? Well, implementing a Clinical Data Repository (CDR) within a meaningful timeframe and a reasonable budget does not have to be a major IT initiative. With the right technology partner, a CDR can be implemented in 90 days. The capabilities are growing quickly and robust CDRs are available that allow companies to reap considerable value from clinical trial data. This informative whitepaper talks about the desired functionality of the platform, and demonstrates the best practices for implementing a CDR while heeding to queries like: How to maximize and utilize all clinical and operational data for real-time healthcare analytics? What are the critical components in successfully implementing the CDR platform? What are the technology benefits of implementing a next generation CDR?

Take the Colorectal Cancer Screening Pledge: 80% by 2018

White Paper: BioIQ

Colorectal cancer screening and early detection of colorectal cancer not only saves lives; it also saves money and resources-both for patients and providers. Screening rates are low and many barriers are present that need to be overcome in order to make a major global impact on colorectal cancer incidence and mortality. So how does screening prevent colorectal cancer and how can screening rates be increased through awareness? This whitepaper enlists the: -Risk factors for colorectal cancer and key strategies that employers and hospitals can adopt to close the colorectal screening gap by 2018 -Guidelines to colorectal cancer screening for integrated healthcare systems -How health plans, hospitals and employers can leverage the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s pledge to increase screening compliance and save lives -Steps for increasing the colorectal screening rates Agree to pledge? *80% by 2018 is a movement in which hundreds of organizations have committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of reaching 80% screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

4 Steps to Control Health Care Costs with Predictive Analytics

White Paper: DataSmart Solutions

Medical predictive analytics has the potential to revolutionize healthcare around the world. Predictive Analytics can help organizations to increase the accuracy of diagnoses and reduce the health care costs. Do you know how predictive analytics is directly impacting patient care and health care costs? What is the scope to save health care costs with Medical Predictive Analytics? How can predictive analytics be used to help control health care costs along with improving patient care ? Read this whitepaper to learn how self-funded employers use predictive analytics to save and control their health care costs. It also includes: A Case study: Predictive Analytics Applied to a 100-Employee Company.

The Move Toward Mobile: How Smart Devices are Changing the Healthcare Landscape

White Paper: BioIQ

Smart Devices in Medical and Healthcare: How mobile technology is transforming healthcare today?What is the use of smart devices in healthcare?What is the impact of mobile technology on healthcare?What is the future of mobile technology in healthcare? Use of Smart devices by healthcare professionals is growing rapidly in accordance with consumer usage, transforming clinical care and practices while enhancing better patient care. The benefits of smart mobile devices in healthcare along with handheld networking devices used in healthcare—both serve as promising solutions to help curb the growing prevalence of costly chronic conditions and the factors leading to them. The use of smart mobile devices in healthcare 2016 has enabled professionals to gather real-time data that go far beyond the scope of information captured in brief clinical consultations. Today, the integration of mobile technology in healthcare has become a critical aspect to improve patient care along with the healthcare environment in total. Move ahead and read the following whitepaper on ''Smart devices in health care'' that will address all your questions, including these: What are the significant advantages of using mobile technology in healthcare? How can smart devices help to reduce healthcare costs? What opportunities smart devices has opened in healthcare?

EHR Analytics Drive Improvements in Physician Care, Patient Outcomes

White Paper: MCIS

Leveraging Electronic Health Records (EHR) System Analytics helps drive safer, more efficient patient care and truly achieve the potential of having all of the patient’s critical health information at the physician and care team’s finger tips. This descriptive whitepaper explains how modern EHR systems deliver greater functionality and drive a better patient and provider experience. Key takeaways of this whitepaper on EHR System Analytics: How modern EHRs enable higher quality care Ways EHR systems today are a partner in providing patient care The benefits of Electronic Health Records analytics Evidence based recommendations to aid physicians in making the right treatment decisions

A New Approach to Security & Compliance for Healthcare

White Paper: NopSec

Security and Compliance has now become vital components for healthcare industry as it is in the midst of a perfect storm of change driven by healthcare security trends. To verify the deployment and ongoing maintenance of healthcare security and processes, security audits are mandatory for the healthcare industry. Download this whitepaper to know more about how the healthcare organizations are evaluating security efforts and adhering to healthcare security compliance regulations. Gain insight on: Current cyber security threat & compliance landscape for healthcare industry Avoiding greatest vulnerabilities of healthcare data security while adhering to healthcare security compliance regulations Complying with healthcare regulations while driving business forward What can be done to keep a healthcare organization safe from security threats? Addressing Security for compliance in healthcare industry Read this whitepaper that describes how smaller healthcare organizations can reach the healthcare security and compliance objectives by gaining a deeper understanding of the cyber security regulatory landscape.

Bridging the Last Mile to Healthcare Analytics

White Paper: Metric Insights

Many healthcare organizations have implemented Business Intelligence (BI) tools for healthcare analytics in the hopes of making their operations data-driven and therefore more effective.Yet,despite the investment of billions in these tools, the technology has under-delivered on its promise. This white paper addresses seven areas on which a healthcare IT organization should focus to ensure success in implementing Push Intelligence: • Provide insights that find the practitioner, not the other way around  • Never require users to wait  • Personalize delivery of Metrics • Allow Context and Collaboration • Remove training from the equation  • Deploy quickly and iterate • Seamlessly interface with existing applications  

Can Your Hospital Afford Not to Implement a Comprehensive Credentialing Program?

White Paper: IntelliCentrics

Credentialing is the process of obtaining, verifying and assessing the qualifications of healthcare personnel. It is a fundamental component of regulatory compliance and is required for accreditation as well as the protection of patients and employees. Credentialing standards are based upon recommendations by organizations, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), CDC, The Joint Commission (TJC) as well as industry and professional regulatory bodies. These organizations are committed to improving patient and employee safety, and credentialing helps operationalize this mission. Comprehensive credentialing includes verifying everyone in the hospital is properly immunized, has received the appropriate training, has been vetted through drug tests and criminal background checks and has a thorough understanding of the hospital's health and safety policies.

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