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Tennessee Association of Medical Staff Services

TAMSS Mission and History

The Tennessee Association of Medical Staff Services (TAMSS) was established in 1988 by a group of medical staff professionals seeking to establish an organization which would provide opportunities for advancement of their high standards of education and coordination of information relative to their chosen careers.

We are an organization for healthcare professionals who work in healthcare facilities (hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, health care management/insurance organizations) and work tirelessly to verify every aspect of physician and health care workers credentials. We make sure they are licensed, competent, trained and experienced to perform requested procedures and who meet specified criteria to participate on medical staffs, HMOs, and physician offices. We emphasize certification in our profession: CPCS and CPMSM.

Our Vision:

The objective of TAMSS members is to unite persons who are engaged in support management and coordination of activities peraformed within various healthcare settings to meet copious quality improvement and regulatory requirements established to ensure optimal healthcare to our communities.

Our Mission:

To continually strive to better serve our communities, through diligent pursuit of excellence in performance of our chosen careers.

Our Purpose:

To promote professional growth of members working in various healthcare settings through provision of quality education resources, opportunities for networking with professional peers, and development of relationships with other healthcare organizations and associations to educate them to this purpose.


Have you paid your TAMSS Membership dues? Go to Member Information to join TAMSS

Scholarship available for TAMSS, NAMSS and Educational Studies - Go to the Member Information / Scholarship to apply for a scholarship to fit your needs.

What is an MSP/PSP?

MSP/PSP is an acronym referring to Medical Staff Professional and Provider Services Professionals.

An MSP is a professional whose main objective is to protect the public from fraudulent healthcare practitioners and assist genuine, well-trained healthcare practitioners in providing top quality services.

An MSP normally works as a liaison between the doctors, dentists, podiatrists, and many other healthcare professionals and the administrative personnel within hospitals, ambulatory clinics/surgery centers, managed care organizations, health maintenance organizations, physician management groups, and many other healthcare entities.

The MSP is the person who receives a healthcare provider's application requesting staff membership and/or clinical privileges in order to see patients within a specific healthcare setting. Once the application is submitted to the entity, the MSP reviews the application for completion, then begins the process of verifying the information provided on the application.

Verification of the information is requested from every school applicant has attended; every previous place of employment or affiliation; licensing boards from every state where they have practiced their profession; insurance companies which have issued coverage during their practice tenure; and professional peer references.

In addition, to the verification of applicant information, the MSP attends numerous meetings involving review of quality improvement data and assists in analysis of that information for implementation of process improvement. The MSP is responsible for review and implementation to various federal rulings and accrediting body standards pertaining to the functions of the medical staff and/or provider staff. The MSP must maintain a knowledge of legal proceedings that may affect the functioning of the medical staff within their specific provider setting.

As you can see, the MSP/PSP profession can be very challenging. The National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) offers two certifications which may be utilized by the MSP, as well as their employer, to measure the individual's knowledge of their profession. The Certified Professionals in Medical Services Management (CPMSM) and the Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) for more information regarding these certifications, please check the NAMSS website.