June 26, 1991

Periodic Physician Recredentialing

Author Affiliations

San Ramon, Calif

San Ramon, Calif

JAMA. 1991;265(24):3244. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460240040010

To the Editor. —  Let us look at those suggesting a physician recredentialing process. First, we have Gellhorn1 from the New York Department of Health—a government bureaucracy. Second, we have Dr Langsley2 from the American Board of Medical Specialties—a professional bureaucracy. Both are from bureaucracies that would ascend in power over the lives and livelihoods of practicing physicians.Recredentialing? "Educational, not punitive," the recredentialing bureaucrats tell us. "This won't hurt," the dentist tells us. What of the National Physician Data Bank? What of the friendly reviews of the Medicare civil "servants"? What of the national trial lawyers? Only those who stand to gain power and influence will tout recredentialing. Only those who hold honest jobs stand to lose. Let organized medicine not stand again as procurer for the power mongers or their dupes.