How to perform primary source verification of doctors and medical staff to avoid death risk
How to Perform Primary Source Verification of Doctors and Medical Staff to Avoid Death Risk“Primary source verification of doctors and medical staff is extremely essential to remove therising plague of medical malpractice and medical negligence in our society.”First and on the front lines of the topic, we need to know some facts which can be helpful toevoke us on the serious issue of medical negligence and medical malpractice and they will alsohelp us to understand the importance of primary source verification of our family physicians,doctors or even the hospital medical staff who treats us when we are ill.Almost 98,000 people die in hospitals annually each year due to preventable medical errors. Aninterview based survey conducted by the doctors revealed that more than one third of thepatients said that they or their family members had experienced medical errors, most leadingto serious health consequences. One of the sources also mentioned that in every 10 medicalnegligence cases 4 people were died, and it’s the scariest of all.As far as the world has developed, the medical advancement is also on the rise but there is anewer pool of diseases had also struck the world in past 3 decades. Many fake medicalprofessionals like doctors, nurses, dentists etc have taken it as an opportunity to fool theinnocence of a common man and a patient to make black money, which eventually results infour most common accusations.1. Failure to diagnose2. Incorrectly performed procedure3. Error in diagnosis4. Failure to perform procedure.To avoid and restrict these deaths causing accusations a medical employer or even a patientmust perform the primary source verification of their doctors and the treating staff.Doctors and medical staff background check and credentialing through primary sourceverification methods sound a bit extreme. It is a direct contact with the sources of credentials.For example, this may include, licensing agencies, and specialty boards to guarantee thatstatements about training, experience and other qualifications are legitimate, unchallenged andappropriate.Directly contacting a medical school or state medical board to verify education and licensure,respectively, are examples of primary source verification. Primary source verification should beperformed on the following core criteria:
1. Professional education, training, Board Certification and experience (e.g. medical school,internship(s), residency(s), board certification)2. Current Medical license verification3. Current competence verification4. Ability to perform requested privileges (e.g. confirmed health status relative only to aprovider’s ability to perform the requested privileges).Professional Qualification, Training and Experience VerificationThese elements can be verified by sending letters to each institution individually (professionalschool, training program, specialty board, etc.). Independent medical background checkcompanies can also be used as their links are very accurate and fast.Medical License VerificationPrimary source verification of licensure status is extremely important. This should always beperformed at the time of initial appointment, and at the time of each reappointment and/or re-privileging, and is recommended at the time of license expiration. The following points must beconsidered while performing PSV:• Date and time of the license issuance.• State of licensure, license number, date of original licensure and expiration date• Name (first and last) of the person initiating the verification call• Name (first and last) of the person verifying the information• Are there any current, past, or pending restrictions on the license?• Are there any current, past, or pending disciplinary actions against the practitioner?Current Competence VerificationThis is an element that needs to be assessed by medical employers on the initial appointmentand at least every two years thereafter, normally at the time of reappointment/reappraisal.Competency Verification can be sent to the Medical Director or Medical Staff Credentialingoffice of any hospital that the applicant has been affiliated with in the recent past.Physical and mental ability to perform requested privilegesAuthority must be granted to a physician or dentist by a hospital governing board to providepatient care in the hospital. Clinical privileges are limited by the individuals professionallicense, experience, and competence.
ConclusionThe primary and the secondary reason for aggressive primary source verification andcredentialing of doctors / medical staff is patient’s safety!AboutQ2 is based in Singapore and provides informational resources to governments, multinationalsand the background check industry. The team behind Q2 pioneered the background checkingindustry in Asia when they founded Quest Research in 2000. Quest Research had over 500employees in 12 offices across Asia prior to being sold to a leading listed US backgroundscreening company in 2005. The team also established and built IntegraScreen, the largestglobal reputational due diligence company, which was sold to WorldCheck in 2009.The aim of Q2 is to assist the growth and development of background checking internationallyby providing valuable and relevant informational resources.