Glossary of Healthcare Operations Terms

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What is Privileging?

Privileging grants healthcare professionals specific clinical privileges based on their credentials and experience, allowing them to perform specific medical procedures or services within a healthcare facility.

In what context is Privileging applicable?

Accurate privileging reduces overall risk for healthcare organizations specifically by ensuring that the right physicians are working within the most appropriate clinical placement, toward predefined metrics that matter.

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Frequently asked questions

Why is privileging important in healthcare organizations?
Privileging in healthcare organizations is important as it grants specific clinical privileges to healthcare providers based on their qualifications and competence. This process ensures that providers are authorized to perform specific procedures or services, aligning with their expertise and maintaining the standard of care.
How does the privileging process work for healthcare professionals?
The privileging process involves assessing a healthcare professional's qualifications and competence to perform specific clinical procedures or services. Credentialing committees or medical staff review this information and grant privileges based on the individual's skills and training.
Who is involved in the privileging decision-making process?
The privileging decision-making process involves collaboration among medical staff committees, credentialing committees, and hospital administrators. Physicians and other healthcare professionals may also provide input, ensuring a thorough and fair assessment of an individual's qualifications and competencies.
How often are clinical privileges reviewed and renewed for healthcare professionals?
Clinical privileges are typically reviewed and renewed on a regular basis, often annually, to ensure that healthcare professionals maintain the necessary skills and competencies. Regular reviews contribute to ongoing quality assurance and align with regulatory requirements in healthcare operations.