Oregon to Streamline Provider Credentialing

Jacqueline Fellows, August 22, 2013

A new law requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish an electronic database for credentialing organizations, including hospitals, insurance companies, and other facilities.

Provider credentialing in Oregon is on its way to becoming more streamlined under a bill that mandates healthcare providers use a single credentialing system by 2016.

The initiative, known as SB 604, requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish an electronic database for credentialing organizations, including hospitals, insurance companies, and other facilities. It's the first state to mandate the use of a single credentialing system; the bill was overwhelmingly supported in the state legislature.

The bill was signed by Oregon governor John Kitzhaber (D) on July 1 and goes into effect Jan. 1 2014.

Jean Steinberg, CPCS, CPMSM, director of medical staff services for Bend, OR -based St. Charles Health System, says the idea to have a statewide database for credentialing and recredentialing providers has been in the works "for years."

"Oregon already has a mandated credentialing application, so this is the next logical step," says Steinberg. "We, in this day and age, should be way down the road with credentialing."

Jacqueline Fellows

Jacqueline Fellows is a contributing writer at HealthLeaders Media.

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