Small, rural hospitals may save money and attract new talent to their ranks following the passage of a Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Wellsboro, sponsored state bill, which aims to quickly insure new professionals.

Newly hired health care professionals who are fully licensed currently find difficulty in being insured due to the cumbersome process. This costs smaller hospitals money, and limits care from those professionals, according to a press release.

Under the bill, all health insurers in Pennsylvania would be required to accept credentialing applications accepted by the state Insurance Department. Health insurers would then have 60 days to complete the credentialing process after receiving the credentialing application.

The bill would eliminate unwarranted delays by health insurers in credentialing applicants for inclusion in their networks, thus helping

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