WASHINGTON, DC - 10/31/2001

Says Uniform Credentialing Application Can Increase Time for Patient Care

Statement attributable to: 
Richard Corlin, MD
AMA President

The American Medical Association (AMA) is pleased that the Coalition for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) is taking steps to lessen the morass of unproductive paperwork facing physicians in todays environment. By launching a national application system that will simplify the credentialing process by health plans and hospitals, CAQH is addressing a long-standing problem and a common source of physician frustration. We are gratified that the health insurance industry recognizes the excessive administrative burdens placed on physicians who often must be credentialed by scores of healthcare entities. Spending less time on these administrative hassles should allow physicians more time to do what they do best ? care for their patients. It is imperative, however, that this new initiative embrace strict confidentiality regarding patient and physician records. We look forward to the implementation of this data system and the opportunity to devote more time to caring for our patients.?

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