It’s nearly Springtime here in Ohio. Nearly time to pack away the heavy coats and (thankfully) wash the last of the road salt off of our winter-weary cars. I love Spring. The days grow longer and the air warmer; colorful floral bouquets begin to determinedly push their way through not-quite-thawed soil.
Growth, change, potential. In Springtime, anything seems possible.
Change is certainly in the air for me. For the past 15 years I’ve worked in professional staff administration; credentialing, privileging, medical staff management, meetings, bylaws, etc. The field has changed considerably in that time, largely due to advances in technology.
It wasn’t all that long ago that we licked the stamp, sealed the envelope, and waited two weeks for verification of a medical license to be returned via the U.S. Postal Service. Now in most states that verification is available on line with the click of a mouse.
Technology has provided challenges as well as benefits. New medical techniques, increasingly complex equipment, and greater demands on the time and resources of our volunteer medical staff leaders, to name a few. Add to that the ever-changing rules and regulations of accrediting bodies, governmental agencies, managed care payers, and hospitals, and the role of the medical staff service professional is to say the least, a challenging one.
It is also an invaluable safeguard for patient safety.
One of the reasons you so rarely hear of impostor physicians gaining access to patients is because nearly every hospital, managed care organization, ambulatory surgery center, etc. employs one or more careful, thorough, knowledgeable, MSSP’s who work as part of the organization’s leadership team to assure that only qualified, competent providers gain access to patients.
But a new door has opened for me, and I’ve decided to walk through it. As of Monday, I will be the Program Manager for the Department of Clinical Risk Management, a component of the Cleveland Clinic’s Quality & Patient Safety Institute. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of learning something new and becoming part of the Clinic’s vital, energetic, clinical risk team.
I hope that my years of experience working with medical staff and hospital leadership will prove to be an asset in this new role.
I can hardly wait to find out what happens next!