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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Initial Credentialing

Initial Appointment

The credentialing process starts and the following occurs when a physician contacts the Medical Staff Services Department to request privileges at the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital:

1.  A packet is sent to the physician.

This packet includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Delineation of Privileges form
  • Confidentiality and Security Agreement form
  • Texas Standardized Credentialing Application
  • Addendum to Texas Standardized Credentialing Application
  • Professional Liability Insurance Corporate Standards information

Physicians also receive a Pharmacy signature card, a Medicaid/Medicare form, an ICARE Values form, a Remote Access Medical Record Access Application and a copy of the Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules and Regulations. Please note there is a non-refundable application fee of $200 for physicians.

2.  Once the packet is returned to the Medical Staff Services Department, a final check of the documents for completeness and accuracy will take place.
3.  After the final check of documents takes place and everything is complete, the process of primary source verification of academic background, training, experience, licensures, malpractice claims history, certification and/or registration to practice in a health care field, will occur.
  Verification of certain practitioner data must be accomplished using specific criteria in order to be compliant with approved credentialing processes. If the data is not timely verified, additional delays to the credentialing process may result. This process can take 30-90 days depending on the complexity of the data and the number of data elements being verified and investigated.
4.  After all data elements have been verified and the credentialing process is complete, the physician's file is presented to designated committees and boards for recommendation and approval


For questions concerning a physician's status or to request a credentialing application packet, please contact the Medical Staff Services Department at 281-274-8064.