Via Christi Health is moving to a system-wide credentialing service through Medical Provider Resources, a for-profit offshoot of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County.
MPR will conduct primary credential verification for all providers and allied health staff, such as nurses or physical therapists, seeking privileges at Via Christi hospitals, according to a news release from the company.
Credentialing is essential for hospitals and clinics, said Kasica Blick, director of hospital medical affairs for Via Christi Hospitals. Once MPR has done all of the verifications, Via Christi staff will look at the results.
“We look at it and decide if it’s good or bad, if we’re willing to take a risk if a reference said something negative on a doctor or if we have gaps of employment,” Blick said. “It’s a part of the quality of care a patient is going to get based on the history of what someone says about (the doctor).”
The new agreement will help streamline the process and save time for Via Christi staff and provider applicants, said Vicki Bond, MPR chief operating officer.
Prior to the new agreement, providers had to complete three different applications to request privileges at the hospitals: one for St. Francis and Harry, which operate under a single license; another for the hospital on St. Teresa; and a third for Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital.
“It’s a win for MPR because we get to provide the system-wide credentialing model and it’s also a win for Via Christi because they get one file to share among all facilities,” Bond said.
Eventually, the goal is to expand services to Via Christi’s hospitals in Pittsburg and Manhattan.
MPR was created in late 2011 through a merger of the Medical Society’s Kansas Physician Information Verification Program and Bond’s company, Medical Staff Services Inc.
The organization has 44 facility contracts statewide, Bond said.
It also helps providers enroll in Medicare and Medicaid and with insurance companies so they can be reimbursed for the services they provide to those systems’ clients.