Maintaining accreditation and compliance with HIPAA regulations is an on-going process for healthcare systems. In this post, Cheryl Watkins-Knowles, director of Purchasing for Palmetto Health, describes how their organization is using GHX Vendormate Credentialing and access management solutions to address their goals for accreditation, patient and staff safety, and mitigate financial risk.
Like every healthcare system, Palmetto Health needs to effectively manage its vendors and reps – both those that come on-site and those that interact remotely with staff – so that we can maintain our accreditation and comply with HIPAA regulations. For reps that come into our facilities, we need to know who they are, where they are, when they arrive and when they leave. We also need to ensure they are immunized, sign-off on our rules of conduct and whether the individual reps or their companies have been sanctioned.
Before implementing GHX Vendormate Credentialing, we managed vendors and reps manually but that required a lot of people and a lot of time. We decided that we needed an automated, electronic and centralized process. Rather than reinventing the wheel and trying to develop something on our own, we contracted with GHX and implemented the company’s vendor credentialing and access management solutions.
Here are some of the ways our health care system is using GHX credentialing solutions to protect our patients, staff, accreditation status and revenues.
About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health is the largest and most comprehensive integrated healthcare system in the South Carolina Midlands region. In fiscal year 2015, Palmetto Health included five Joint Commission-accredited acute-care hospitals with 1,138 patient beds – Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Richland – as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices, and a 501(c)(3) foundation.