Author: Vicki Searcy, Vice President of Client Success Services and Consulting at Verity, A HealthStream® Company
The NAMSS mission statement. Medical services professionals (MSPs) are the gatekeepers of patient safety in healthcare organizations nationwide.
I am certain that this mission statement speaks eloquently to all of us. We are not just paper-pushers (and hopefully, the paper has been eliminated or greatly diminished!). The work that we do in credentialing and privileging is the foundation of keeping our patients safe by ensuring that excellent credentialing methods are implemented in our organizations.
When I think about collective accomplishments, I think about how NAMSS and its members have had impact on the healthcare industry and have had positive impact on patient safety. Here are some of my thoughts.
I was at a meeting last week at a healthcare system conference, comprised of 45+ hospitals, where the influence of the MSPs was clearly acknowledged. This healthcare system seeks to continue to standardize credentialing practices and data acquisition from healthcare providers and knows that the way to do this is via the medical staff office/credentialing departments.
I didn’t know when I started work in a hospital how fortunate I was going to be to discover the world of medical staff services – and the profession that has been so professionally rewarding for the past 30 plus years. I treasure friendships that I have made as a result of NAMSS and also the opportunities that I have had to serve in NAMSS leadership positions.
I hope that your professional journey is equally fulfilling and wish you the very best as you continue to do the work that helps keep patients safe.
Thanks for reading and Happy NAMSS Week!