Free Healthcare Credentialing Webinar Series Sponsored By Aims to Educate and Inform

“Part 1: Introduction to Healthcare Credentialing” focuses on how negligent claims and non-compliance can be prevented with the design and management of a contemporary credentialing system.

Online PR News – 18-December-2009 – – GLEN CARBON, IL and REDDING, CA —, a nationally recognized pre-employment screening provider, is sponsoring a complimentary webinar titled “Introduction to Healthcare Credentialing” featuring speaker Donna Goestenkors, CPCSM, President of Team Med Global, LLC. Mike Wharton, Business Development Director at, will be a co-presenter. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2010, from 1 PM to 2 PM EST / 10 AM to 11 AM PST, and will consist of a 50 minute presentation and 10 minutes of Q&As. To sign up, visit

Negligent credentialing continues to be a growing problem for hospitals and physicians. The following statistics are alarming, and further demonstrate how adverse events and non-compliance with Federal Law can be prevented with the design and management of a contemporary credentialing system by competent Medical Staff Services Professionals (MSPs).

* 32 U.S. states recognize negligent credentialing claims.
* 2,845 of the 5,823 registered hospitals in the U.S. – almost half – have reported a corrective action sanction to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
* During the last two decades, state licensure action reports have been more than double of those from hospitals and HMOs.

“Introduction to Healthcare Credentialing” is the first part in a planned three-part series that will include “Credentialing - Converting Theory into Best Practice” and “The Pitfalls of Credentialing - Patient Safety Begins with You!” While the webinar is tailored to suit the skill level of beginners, it also serves as a refresher course for the more experienced in the audience.

At the end of the first program, participants will be able to:

* Identify the purpose for conducting practitioner credentialing.
* Understand the accreditation and regulatory bodies impacting credentialing.
* Explain the difference between primary and secondary source verification.
* Define the elements involved in conducting verifications.

Goestenkors has over 30 years experience and expertise in Medical Services Professional (MSP) development and credentialing. She also has authored the National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) newly released online program distinguishing MSP roles and responsibilities, writes a monthly column for CACTUS Software entitled “MSP Competency Network,” and contributes to numerous industry resource books, magazines, and presentations.

“My passion is working to elevate the perception of Medical Staff Services in the healthcare industry and serving as a mentor to my MSP colleagues in professional development,” Goestenkors said. “I welcome the opportunity offered to me by to present this webinar, answer questions, and educate my audience.”

With almost half of their clients in the health care industry, has experience in working with hospitals and health care entities on credentialing and compliance issues, and the company’s complimentary educational webinars are an easy, cost effective way to reach a nationwide audience of health care professionals.

For those unable to attend the live webinar, “Introduction to Healthcare Credentialing” will be available shortly after the presentation date for free on demand viewing at

About Donna Goestenkors
Donna Goestenkors – President of Team Med Global Consulting, LLC, a contemporary, growing healthcare consulting firm – is a writer, speaker, author, and mentor. She holds an associate’s degree in Medical Services from Kansas City Business College and a certification in Medical Staff Services Management (CPMSM) by the National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS). For more information, visit, email, or call 618-830-0057.

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