GLOSSARY OF TERMS

CAH (Critical Access Hospital) – Most critical access facilities are CMS licensed.

CAQH (Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare) – is a not-for-profit organization focused on achievable, concrete initiatives designed to strengthen the nation’s health care system and make life simpler and easier for patients and their providers.

Clinical Competency – The ability to perform procedures in a proficient and competent manner.

Clinical Privileges – The process in which the organized medical staff evaluates and recommends an individual practitioner be allowed to provide specific patient care services in their healthcare facility within well-defined training criteria.

CMS – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. https://www.cms.gov/

CVO (Centralized Verification Organization) – A centralized verification organization verifies provider information, such as medical school training and previous practice sites, on behalf of participating clients. This single verification system reduces costs and minimizes errors for credentialing queries while eliminating duplication of requests required of providers. CredentialingOne does not currently offer this service, but is in the process of getting certified.