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Credentialing Process at Howard University Hospital
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Function, Project, Program, Organization, or Activity:

Credentialing Process at Howard University Hospital

Reason(s) Why Audit Is Needed:

Before physicians may treat patients, the hospital must maintain on file current copies of the following credentials:

Medical Licenses;
Malpractice Insurance Coverage;
Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Certification to Store, Prescribe and Dispense Control Substances; and
District of Columbia Certification to Store, Prescribe and Dispense Control Substances.

Under certain circumstances, other information must be obtained and verified prior to physicians being given privileges to treat patients at Howard University Hospital.

Credible information has surfaced that indicated physicians might have been allowed to work for months before the credentialing process was completed.

Audit Objectives:

To assess the Hospital's credentialing policies and procedures by selecting a sample of physicians and ascertaining the timeliness and completeness of their credentialing.

Priority: Medium


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