Inflation is affecting many businesses, but medical practices tend to see the brunt of its effects because of the way payment structures are dictated by insurance payers. Even more worrisome, practices have had to increase wages significantly and the current job market tends to favor employees. In some instances, employees are asking for wages 20-30% higher than previous, and understandably can command these wages as there is fierce competition for skilled employees. While these issues are affecting many businesses, there are things medical practices can do to help ease the squeezing margins.
What Is Credentialing?
Credentialing is the formal process of verifying a provider’s qualifications. This ensures that doctors and nurses have the proper training and experience to provide the highest level of care to patients. The provider credentialing process is completed by verifying all provider documents and ensuring that they are valid and current. Most health insurance companies will not even offer reimbursements if providers lack medical credentialing.