HCAI Anti-Fraud Working Group
What We Have Learned About Professional Credential Misuse
The goal of the PCT “proof-of-concept” (POC) initiative is to determine whether an online software tool could be used to answer questions about the use of health professional credentials in HCAI. In early 2012, at the request of the HCAI Anti-Fraud Working Group, the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists volunteered as a pilot group for the initial phase of the PCT POC, and collaborated to advance the POC process.
The initial POC phase was highly successful, and the outcomes were applicable across other health professions. As a result, three additional POC phases were completed with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, and the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Feedback from the participating health professionals remains very positive.
Evidence from the Health Regulatory Colleges that participated
- In total, 664 regulated health professionals received PCT reports, and more than 500 of these participants completed surveys about their findings
- 69% of survey participants did not have accurate knowledge of the number of Facilities with which they were associated in the HCAI system
- The average survey participant believed s/he was included in only 2.1 HCAI-enrolled Facilities. In fact, the average was 4.6 Facilities—more than double what participating health professionals expected.
What does the evidence suggest?
Results from the Health Regulatory Colleges that participated suggest:
- Communication between Facilities and health professionals requires more attention
- The PCT POC needs to be completed so usability of the tool can be accurated evaluated
- Agreement on the full solution and the information it should provide to create the necessary transparency must be established prior to PCT becoming available to all regulated health professions in Ontario.
Who has participated in POC?
During the POC phase, PCT access is by invitation only. The HCAI Anti-Fraud Working Group wishes to thank the following colleges for the time and resources they have invested as participants in the POC phase: College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario, College of Psychologists of Ontario, College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, and College of Chiropractors of Ontario.