Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) and C4UHC Partner on Advocating for Adoption of ANSI/NEMA SC 1-2020 Standard

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The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) and the Consortium for Universal Healthcare Credentialing, Inc. (C4UHC) are collaborating to promote the adoption of the ANSI/NEMA SC 1-2020 Standard for Supplier Credentialing in Healthcare.

Endorsed by SMI’s Collaboration Council, led by Jim Francis, Chair of Supply Chain Management at Mayo Clinic, and Susan Louis, Vice President of Healthcare at Staples, the standard:

  • Enhances patient safety
  • Streamlines credentialing, and
  • Fortifies supplier relationships, including a verification letter for added efficiency

This initiative ensures national consistency and compliance in healthcare, empowering the industry to deliver secure and efficient services. SMI’s endorsement underscores the industry-wide consensus on the standard’s importance, positioning healthcare entities to provide high-quality, safe, and efficient services to patients.

According to Francis, “This is a significant step forward for healthcare supply chain management. The adoption of the ANSI NEMA SC-1 2020 standard will enhance patient safety and quality while reducing the administrative burden on healthcare providers and suppliers. We collectively encourage suppliers, vendor credentialing organizations, and hospitals/health systems to utilize the standard and the verification letter.”