The state has nearly 18 months to decide on the vendor, user fees, and how much vetting the system will do. It's unclear if the information entered about a physician will go through an initial, cursory validation check, or if it will be taken at face value, which would then require the healthcare facility to continue to check out a physician's background.
Steinberg says St. Charles will continue to scrutinize its prospective physicians regardless.
"I don't see an impact on staffing, because we will still verify the information. It will still be incumbent on each organization to verify that what [physicians] fill out is true."
There is some fear that Oregon's system will drive out credentialing services that are NCQA-certified as Credentials Verification Organizations (CVOs) and also affect some Independent Practice Associations (IPAs), which offer provider credentialing a sideline revenue stream.
Central Oregon IPA (COIPA), also based in Bend, does credential providers, but is not worried about the new system's effect.
"It's not a moneymaker for us," says John Ryan, executive director for COIPA, which represents more than 650 physicians and practitioners. "It's mainly to serve the community, since we have the infrastructure and staff."