Types of Applications - Colorado Community Health Network
FTCA Credentialing TA Webcast Preparing for 2015 Deeming Application Mary Coffey , MBA, RN Christopher Gibbs, JD, MPH 1 Types of Applications There are two types of applications for FTCA coverage: EHB System will be open to receive applications on APRIL 16, 2014 INITIAL DEEMING APPLICATION o May be submitted at any time during the year when the EHB system is open to receive applications. o Will be acted upon by HRSA within 30 days after receipt of a completed application ANNUAL REDEEMING APPLICATION o All currently deemed health centers must file a
renewal deeming application to be deemed for CY 2015. May 23, 2014 CY 2014 Requirement Updates Minutes from any six QI/QA committee meetings. All minutes must be dated between April 5, 2013 and the submission date of the application. Remove patient names and other identifiers Minutes from any six Board meetings that reflect Board approval of QI/QA activities. All minutes must be dated between April 5, 2013 and the submission date of the application. Remove all information not related to QI/QA activity CY 2014 Requirement Updates (continued) Board-approved Credentialing and Privileging (C&P)
policies Must be signed and dated by the Board (C&P) Plan + Page with Board of Directors Signature (C&P) Plan + Signed Board Minutes showing C&P plan was approved Clinical policies and procedures for the following activities: Referral Tracking Hospitalization Tracking Diagnostic Tracking (Should include X-Ray Tracking Lab Result Tracking) Requirements
A complete initial or redeeming application must include: 1. An Application Form completed in EHB 2. An approved Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance Plan, including governing board signature and approval date within past three years ( on or after April 5, 2011) 1. Two Methods to demonstrate Board approval QI/QA Plan + Page with Board of Directors Signature QI/QA Plan + Signed Board Minutes showing QI/QA plan was approved Requirements (continued) 3. Summary of professional liability history for cases filed or closed within the last 5 years, if applicable
Name of provider(s) involved Area of practice/Specialty Date of Occurrence Summary of allegations Status and outcome of claim Summary of health center internal analysis and steps taken to prevent future occurrences. (Do not include this analysis if the case has not been resolved, but please note that the case has not been resolved.) Requirements (continued) 4. Explanation of any NO responses 5. Deeming applications for any sub-recipients (as documented on the organizations most recent approved scope from FORM 5B - see sub-recipient submission instructions.)
More Requirements (continued) 6. Credentialing list (in an excel spreadsheet) of all licensed and/or certified health care personnel employed and/or contracted by the health center, with the following information: o Name & Professional Designation (e.g., MD/DO, RN, CNM, DDS) o Title/Position o Specialty o Employment Status (full-time employee, part-time employee, contractor, volunteer) o Date of Hire o Current Credentialing Date o Next Expected Credentialing Date
Definitions Deeming: the application process of the organization, by which they are able to demonstrate compliance with FSHCAA requirements. The organization is deemed having met FSHCAA requirements Credentialing: The process of assessing and confirming the qualifications of a licensed or certified healthcare practitioner to render specific health care service(s). Privileging: The process whereby a specific scope and content of patient care services (that is clinical privileges) are authorized for a health care practitioner by a health care organization, based on an evaluation of the individuals credentials and performance
9 Why Credential? 1. Patient Safety Protects patients from incompetent providers 2. Risk Management Protects health center from potential liability claims 3. Quality Improvement Verifies providers current competency 4. Accreditation Requires process 10 Importance of Credentialing The organization has a duty to care and a duty to prevent harm.
These duties are obligated from the Board of Directors, through the administration and is inclusive of all health center staff members. 11 Importance of Credentialing (continued) Ensures all health care providers (LIPs) and clinical staff (licensed and certified) are qualified to render the type of care for which they are employed. Involves evaluating a practitioners eligibility to provide clinical services at the health center . Failure to fully credential may result in liability if a patient is harmed. 12 Accreditation and FTCA
Requirements The FTCA Credentialing and Privileging Requirements are outlined in Policy Information Notice 2002-22. There are commonalities between accrediting bodies and FTCA as well as differences. Health centers need to crosswalk between: FTCA credentialing and privileging requirements Their accrediting bodys credentialing and privileging requirements State requirements
Third party reimbursement requirements 13 Step One Prepare a Credentialing Packet Personal Information Professional Licenses Current Professional Practice
Certifications and Registrations Education Office Information Training
Copies of Required Documents Academic Affiliations Attestation Other Professional Work Additional Information
14 Step Two Present packet to candidate Provide specific information on required information and due dates Review laundry list of information required in packet; explain waiver 15 Who must be credentialed? All health center practitioners, employed or contracted, volunteers and locum tenens involved in direct patient care must be credentialed
within the last two years in accordance with the requirements outlined in PIN 2001-16 and PIN 2002-22, Including all of the following: Licensed independent practitioners (Physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners) Licensed practitioners (e.g. RNs, LPNs, dental hygienist) Certified practitioners/technicians (e.g. dental, lab, radiology, CMA) 16 Licensed or Certified Healthcare Practitioners
Organization's policies need to clearly define: Licensed or certified healthcare practitioner: an individual required to be licensed, registered, or certified by the state, commonwealth, or territory in which a health center is located. Licensed independent practitioner (LIP): Providers permitted by law and the organization to provide care and services without direction or supervision, within the scope of the individuals license and consistent with individually granted privileges (e.g., physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, dentist, nurse midwife, behavioral health). Other licensed or certified practitioner: Providers not permitted by law to provide patient care without direction or supervision (e.g., laboratory technician, social worker, laboratory, X-ray, medical assistant, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, dental hygienist).
17 Primary vs. Secondary Source Verification Primary source verification: verification by the original source of a specific credential to determine the accuracy of a qualification reported by a practitioner. Direct correspondence Telephone/Internet verification Reports from credentials verification organizations The Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, American Board of Medical Specialists, American Osteopathic Association Physician Database, American Medical Association Master file may be used to verify education and training *Source: HRSA PIN 2002-22
18 Primary vs. Secondary Source Verification (continued) Secondary source verification: verification by sources other than primary sources. Original/initial credential Notarized copy of credential Copy of credential Source: HRSA PIN 2002-22 19
Primary and Secondary Verification Primary source verification is obtained for the following: Applicants license Applicants education, training, experience Applicants registration Applications certifications Applicants current competence Applicants ability to perform services for which privileges are requested Secondary source verification is obtained for the following: Government-issued photo ID DEA registration (if applicable) Hospital admitting privileges (if applicable) Immunization and PPD status
20 Primary vs. Secondary Source Verification Table 21 How do we obtain current competence verification? Obtained through a variety of sources
References from residency directors, department chairs and others who have first hand knowledge of clinical abilities and technical skills Evaluation of professional standing reflected by information found on malpractice claims, peer review attestation, and maintenance of a valid and unrestricted license Evidence of lifelong specialty-specific learning (CME) Assessment by peers, patient satisfaction, QI data, chart audits, and patient outcomes 22 Step Three Use a checklist to track required credentialing documents. Check for returning documents on a weekly basis. Review application for completeness. Request missing information.
23 Examples of Information to Include on Checklist It is helpful to use a checklist to ensure all required information is collected by the health center and received from the provider: Curriculum vitae (CV) Diplomas (e.g., undergraduate, post-graduate, medical school, residency, fellowship) Statement confirming health fitness Certificates (e.g., board certification, BLS, ACLS) Medical licenses Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration (if applicable) Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) registration (if applicable) Peer references
24 Who can serve as a Peer Reference? Prior training directors Department Chairs Chief of Staff
Others familiar with applicants professional history and current clinical competence Preferably those in the same professional discipline 25 Where can we find information on Immunization Requirements? CDC. Immunization of Health-Care Personnel: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR, 2011;60(RR-7).
26 How do we determine fit for duty Most Health Centers include a Health Status and Fitness for Duty Form in the packet Health Status is typically reviewed by an employee health professional and not seen by other staff for confidentiality purposes The Peer Review Evaluation Form typically includes questions about the mental and physical health status of the applicant.
Many centers consult with counsel for advice on information received 27 Step Four Check for Red Flags Time gaps-periods of time that are unaccounted for or information reported by the applicant that does not match the timeline or information reported by the organizations with which the applicant is or was affiliated. Ensure that your credentialing policy defines what will be considered a significant "time gap" (i.e. 30 days or 90 days).
Vague or unduly narrow answers from references or references that refuse to complete a detailed evaluation. Numerous lawsuits reported. Prior disciplinary action by any other healthcare organization or licensing body. Failure to disclose information. 28 Step Four Check for Red Flags
(continued) Inability to verify information reported on the application. Information indicating that the applicant holds a license in another state that was not listed on the application, and documentation provided by the applicant does not show that he or she ever practiced, trained, or otherwise had a need for a license in that state. Inability to provide references that can attest to current clinical competence.
Rumors, discussion, or documentation from co-workers or staff related to professional conduct or possible impairment. Change of insurance companies several times in recent years. 29 Step Five Health Center Medical Director and joint committee conducts a review and approves or denies application
Forward to Governing Body for review and final decision which documented in the minutes Governing Board Chair notifies applicant of decision in writing. All information is also placed in the providers file. 30 Re-Credentialing Credentialing Renewal Source information The health center obtains primary source verification for the following:
Expiring or expired credentials Peer-review results for the previous two-year period Relevant performance improvement information The organization utilizes data from peer review and QI/QA activities to support it credentialing functions. Prior to the 2 year regular credentialing renewal cycle some credentials may be due to expire. Maintaining a spreadsheet that is monitored monthly for credentials due to expire or placing expiration dates in an Outlook Calendar may assist in preventing this from occurring. 31 Ways to ensure compliance with FTCA requirements.
Fully understand the FTCA requirements. The health centers credentialing policies must be approved by the governing Board of Directors. Credentialing procedures must be completed and documented. The credentialing processes must be completed, and reviewed by the CMO and a committee. The reviewing committee must document the review of specific providers credentialing application. The Board must approve and be assured the organization is compliant. The Board must document approval. Medical staff can not provide health care prior to completion of credentialing
process. Risk management/corporate/QA/QI programs should audit the processes to ensure policies and procedures were fully implemented and the organization was compliant. 32 Credentialing Spreadsheet The required credentialing list must be uploaded utilizing the excel spread sheet provided in the FTCA application. 33 Credentialing Spreadsheet FAQs Q: Who should appear on the credentialing list? A: All health center practitioners, employed or contracted, volunteers, and
locum tenens (i.e., temporary practitioners), at all health center sites should appear on the credentialing list. Licensed independent practitioner (LIP) Other licensed or certified practitioner Q: Should employees from the past year or current employees appear on the credentialing list? A: No, only individuals who are currently working at the health center at the time of submission of the application. 34 Additional Required Uploads Up load the health centers Credentialing and Privileging policy. The Policy must be board approved. Indicated with date and signature of a Board member; preferably the
Board Chair. OR If submitting Board minutes as proof that the credentialing and privileging policy was approved, upload minutes that have been signed, dated and clearly indicate that the Board approved the Credentialing policy. 35 Credentialing Files
Maintain complete and organized credentialing documentations and records. Provide each health care practitioner with a separate paper or electronic credentialing file. Keep files in a secure location. Conduct an audit of each file once per year to identify any missing items. If you use a credentials verification organization (CVO): Ensure the CVO understands FTCA requirements. Ensure the CVO meet the CVO requirements outlines in PIN 200202 Make certain the contract with the CVO speaks to privacy, document ownership and document retention. Ensure your privacy release (signed by LIP) speaks to the use of a CVO by the organization. 36 THANK YOU
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