What is Ohio Education Credentialing?

Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: November 7th, 2017 | Categories: Credentialing

Yes, Ohio public school teachers must earn educational credentials to qualify for and maintain their teaching licenses. What many people do not realize is that the same rules apply to nearly all licensed professionals in the Buckeye State.

Earning the appropriate education credentials is the primary qualification for becoming everything from a barber or hairdresser to a construction engineer or architect. These rules, which are different for each profession and enforced by appropriate state agencies and independent boards, exist to protect members of the public from purported professionals who do not actually have the knowledge, skills, and experience to do their jobs well enough to prevent injuries and loss of life.

When the Ohio education credential lawyers with the Jones Law Group get involved in a case of suspected negligent credentialing, we typically deal with doctors and hospitals. Health care facilities that do not meet their legal duties to fully check and officially confirm all the information about the degrees, rotations, certifications, and advanced coursework of a physician, surgeon, anesthesiologist, radiologist, or pharmacist, put patients at serious risk for getting sicker and dying from preventable errors.

We detail the minimum educational credentials doctors have to present to Ohio hospitals on this webpage. Readers will note that health care providers must document everything about their time in medical school, their employment history, and their ongoing professional training. A hospital can verify the information on its own or contract with an organization that specializes in vetting doctors’ educational credentials. Health plans, clinics, and group practices also have obligations to ensure the qualifications of their health care staffers. Whoever does the work, the vetting process must be thorough, and it should always involve personal confirmation of most details; looking up a few details online will not suffice.

Anyone who suspects that errors or oversights are occurring in the vetting process for doctors should contact the Ohio Department of Health and, possibly, a credentialing attorney. Health care facilities or companies that do a poor job of clearing doctors to see and treat patients may be engaged in fraud. They are almost definitely acting negligently. Getting authorities involved to protect patients is the right thing to do. Doctors who lack credentials or misrepresented their professional backgrounds must be removed before they cause avoidable harm.

Negligent education credentialing can also make a health care facility liable when a doctor commits medical malpractice. The key to proving malpractice is showing that a health care provider failed to follow best and usual practices in making a diagnosis, performing a procedure, or prescribing a course of treatment. An inadequately educated and poorly trained doctor will have a high likelihood of failing to meet his or her duty to a patient.

The Ohio education credentialing attorneys with the Jones Law Group are available to consult with health care professionals, health care facilities, and vetting companies on designing and improving processes to confirm the information doctors provide about their qualifications. We also handle medical malpractices for patients and families who believe they were harmed by an inadequately educated and trained doctor.

To request an appointment with a Columbus-based lawyer, call us at (614) 545-9998 or fill out this online contact form.

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