A survey of more than 400 hospitals released earlier this month revealed only 16% use a credential verification organization to individually credential physicians and other staff members.
The study by Los Angeles-based accounting firm BDO Seidman concluded the number of hospitals using CVOs should rise as competition to attract payers increases. Such a market is the one the American Medical Association is targeting with its new physician accreditation program.
The study also said the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations doesn't do enough to ensure accredited hospitals are verifying credentials of staff doctors. It said
JCAHO surveyors don't have a minimum number of physician files they must check. Nearly one-third of respondents said JCAHO surveyors reviewed 10 or fewer physician files, and 9% said surveyors looked at five or fewer files.