Hospital Privileging for Family Physicians
All physicians should obtain hospital privileges in accordance with their individual qualifications (i.e., documented training and/or experience, demonstrated abilities, and current competence).
Family physicians should have access to their patients in all areas of a health care facility, including special/critical care units through appropriate privileging.
Hospitals have a medical and legal responsibility, and accountability to conduct a thorough, comprehensive credentialing process. The process of credentialing and privileging ensures both quality patient care and the ability of qualified, well-trained family physicians to provide that care.
The following links include American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) resources for family physicians seeking information about hospital credentialing and privileging.
Credentialing and Privileging Overview
Review this overview of credentialing and privileging requirements that hospitals must meet to provide services to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
Medical Staff Bylaws
Medical staff bylaws provide the organizational structure and rules of self-governance for medical staff. This document outlines various aspects of medical staff bylaws.
Avoiding a Privileging Dispute
These questions and answers will help you avoid or prepare for a hospital privilege dispute.
Credentialing and Privileging FAQs
Learn the ins and outs of hospital credentialing and privileging with this FAQ.
Steps for Hospital Credentialing and Privileging
These steps guide physicians through the process of hospital credentialing and privileging.
Log your clinical procedures from a list of family medicine procedures, and access and export a report to use when seeking privileges or credentialing.