Top Reasons to Celebrate MSP Week

Top Reasons to Celebrate MSP Week

Nov 11, 2021
  • Author:
    Vicki Searcy
    Former VP, Consulting
    Vicki has managed several credentialing and privileging practices, led a national healthcare accreditation and compliance consulting practice, was a surveyor for the NCQA, and a former president of NAMSS.

This week is the time of year to celebrate! NAMSS members (there are over 6,000) have the opportunity to reflect on what NAMSS means to us individually as well as to the healthcare industry. Because of NAMSS, its members and its leaders, most individuals who work in credentialing have, over the years, experienced increased recognition, respect and influence throughout the healthcare industry.

Last year, I wrote about my Top Five Reasons to Celebrate MSP Week – and I updated last year’s list to reflect what has occurred during the past year. Mentioned last year – but still part of my top five:

  1. We know that we make a difference to patient safety. It is true that sometimes the work can get a bit repetitious and routine – but we always know that what we do is vital to assuring that our patients receive care from competent providers. That is what keeps us motivated. That makes us proud of our contribution to patient safety.
  2. We have wonderful colleagues! I met some of my best friends as a result of NAMSS and I know that is true for many of you. Those friendships and relationships have enriched my life.

New on my list this year:

  1. NAMSS members have moved up the ladder in many organizations – they have attained expanded areas of responsibilities along with more prestigious titles and salaries. This upward movement provides examples and inspiration for other MSPs that seek to advance in their own organizations.
  2. Many NAMSS members are trusted advisors to physician leaders and other top leaders within their organizations. This doesn’t occur automatically. I’ve worked with a number of individuals this past year who have moved to new positions and have been faced with implementing significant initiatives right away (for example – standardizing privileges across a health system or moving to new software). Establishing trust with the leaders is critical to the success of these types of projects. How to establish trust is a topic that deserves its own Consulting Connection – look for this article in December.
  3. MSPs have shown that they can rise to the occasion during crisis situations. It has been inspiring to see how MSPs were able to pivot and continue to manage the important work of credentialing and privileging during the pandemic that has forever changed the way that we work.

Congratulations to all NAMSS members during this important week. Encourage your colleagues – and reflect on what you have been able to accomplish during a difficult year!

We encourage all medical service professionals to participate in the annual medical staff credentialing survey, please sign up to receive the survey which will be used to write the 2022 Annual Report on Medical Staff Credentialing.

Don’t let your colleagues down – your participation helps to assure comprehensive and meaningful data for the credentialing and privileging industry.