Medical Licensing Blog

How Do You Get a Medical License?

Whether you attended medical school in the United States, internationally or as a refugee, becoming a licensed doctor requires you to enter an accredited residency program, pass all required examinations, and demonstrate that you have the proper qualifications for licensure. This guide will walk you through the process of obtaining your medical license in the…

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Grace Periods for Medical License Renewals

Failing to renew your medical license on time can have devastating repercussions. Make sure your medical license is always renewed on time when it’s due, so you don’t have any issues providing medical care. Don’t even wait for a medical license renewal grace period. What Happens If Your Medical License Expires? An expired medical license…

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What Is Medical Credentialing? Why Does It Matter?

Healthcare organizations and insurance companies depend on credentialing to verify each care provider’s competency levels, information and skills. This process is essential for protecting patients and upholding a high standard of care. Understanding the provider credentialing process flow can be helpful for providers. Here, we’ll look at the steps required in the credentialing process, the…

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Avoiding Primary Source Verification Pitfalls

Primary source verification is an essential part of physician credentialing and onboarding. It is a tedious, often frustrating process that requires participation and input from numerous individuals. Since regulations change frequently in healthcare, primary source verification protocols change concurrently. Although credentialing and re-credentialing standards were changed temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many regulations are…

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Common Hospital Credentialing Errors

Hospital credentialing errors are a common cause of costly onboarding delays that prevent providers from seeing patients in a timely fashion. After you have worked hard to recruit the best provider you could find, to meet a dire need at your facility, imagine the frustration of this provider being delayed by a credentialing error. Avoid…

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Streamlining the Provider Credentialing Process 

Now more than ever before, it is important for hospitals and hospital systems to streamline their provider credentialing process to help ease staffing shortages. Many credentialing related hurdles such as inefficient processes, mistakes that increase costs and lengthy onboarding procedures, can impede the timely hiring of physicians. However, healthcare organizations that streamline these processes can…

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Facts to Know About Medical Expiration Rules

If more than ten years have gone by since you passed an examination such as the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) or an American Board Exam, you may be required to take an American Board certification or the Special Purpose Examination (SPEX). If you are unsure about anything regarding medical license or exam expiration…

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Understanding and Avoiding Medical Board Disciplinary Actions

State medical boards regulate the activities of more than one million health care professionals in the United States. Although their duties include licensing and ongoing registration, their ultimate goal is to protect the public from harm and enhance the quality of medical practice. State medical boards also have the responsibility of determining when a physician’s…

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A Quick Guide to Different Types of Medical Licenses

At MLG, we help busy physicians obtain multiple types of medical licenses, including emergency licensure. In this reference guide, we focus on permanent medical licensure, temporary licensure and locum tenens licensure. Each licensure type has its own unique considerations to bear in mind. Your dedicated licensing specialist at MLG can advise you on the best…

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Hospital Credentialing 101

After receiving your medical license, the next step in your journey to seeing patients is hospital credentialing. Over the past few decades, hospital credentialing has evolved into a tedious, arduous process that requires perfect attention to detail. In addition to being laborious, hospital credentialing can be a lengthy process, because it is common for credentialing…

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