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October 2017
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A Word from the President


Welcome to the October issue of NAMSS Gateway. I am very excited to meet many of you in Colorado Springs at the 41st Educational Conference & Exhibition next week! I know it’s hard to take time away from home and work. If you can’t make it to Colorado, you will be missed but you don’t have to miss the invaluable education! Register for the virtual conference to stream eight sessions live from Colorado, earn CE credits towards your NAMSS certification, and ask presenters questions in real time. View the virtual schedule and register to join us from the comfort of your own office!

The virtual experience is simple and accessible from anywhere! You’ll be able to see the speaker and their slides and interact with other virtual attendees. For a fun team bonding event, your office can purchase group access to the virtual conference – have a viewing party at your office and earn CE credit while building team spirit. Plus, you must have heard by now that major changes are being announced at the conference…follow NAMSS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to get a peek into the big announcement that will happen Monday, October 23!

I hope to see you in Colorado or online at the virtual conference!

Sincerely,

Susan DuBois, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS

Don’t Miss Our Big Announcement!
Get to Know NAMSS at the Conference
NAMSS 2018 Membership Renewals Now Open
Celebrate MSP Week With NAMSS!
Upcoming Live Webinars
The Recertification Deadline is Quickly Approaching
NAMSS 2018 Election Results
Congratulations to the 2017 NAMSS Fellows

Industry News

"Grassley Urges Feds to Find a Way to Make Hospital Accreditation Reports Public"
"Hospital ER Moves to a New Staffing Model"
"Omaha Doctor, Cosmetic Surgery Clinic Face 8 More Malpractice Lawsuits"
"Amid Growing Shortage, Programs Look to Produce More Doctors in Upstate"
"Software Startup MedSpoke Adds Physician Users, Mulls New Funding"
"Drug Enforcement Administration Revokes McHenry Doctor's License to Handle Controlled Substances"
"SIU, Memorial, Device-Maker Agree to $5.5 Million Malpractice Settlement"


News From NAMSS


Don’t Miss Our Big Announcement!

NAMSS is gearing up for a big announcement, and only those registered for the 41st Educational Conference & Exhibition will hear it first! Join us in Colorado Springs, during the opening keynote session to be the first to hear the exciting announcement! Plus, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to find out what’s changing at NAMSS and share your feedback with us!

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Get to Know NAMSS at the Conference

There’s no better time to learn how you can become more involved with NAMSS than at the 41st Educational Conference & Exhibition! Visit the leadership lounge in the Exhibit Hall to discuss the state of the industry with the Board of Directors, and join the new Young Professionals Working Group on Sunday, October 22 to network with NAMSS leadership and learn about volunteering. Get a sneak peek of the NAMSS Networking Center and the Exhibit Hall events. We look forward to meeting you in Colorado!
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NAMSS 2018 Membership Renewals Now Open

NAMSS Members – Renew your membership for 2018 today! Click this link and have your NAMSS.org login ready to renew quickly and securely. For those renewing with a credit card, simply add your renewal invoice to your cart and check out. Paying by check? Print out the invoice from your profile and send it in with your personal/facility check. Questions? Contact the NAMSS Executive Office for assistance.
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Celebrate MSP Week With NAMSS!

National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week will be recognized November 5-11, 2017! We want to help you celebrate your important role in the healthcare industry and how you support patient safety every day. Join us in the NAMSS booth at the 41st Educational Conference and Exhibition to get great tips for your celebration!
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Upcoming Live Webinars


Understanding CMS Credentialing and Privileging Requirements for Hospital and Critical Access
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Time 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT)
1.0 CE Credit
Learn about the recent changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) regulations for acute care and critical access hospitals, and what CMS expects to see when surveying a hospital for compliance with credentialing and privileging of physicians and other practitioners.

Medical Staff Rules, Regulations, Policies, and Procedures: Maximizing the Role of Medical Services Professionals and Staff Attorneys
NAMSS is proud to present a webinar series with the American Health Law Association (AHLA):
Peer Review
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
1.5 CE Credit
Discuss sharing agreements, lessons learned from the Morguloff v. Baylor Hospital–Christopher Duntsch case, and compliance issues.

Disciplinary Actions
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
1.5 CE Credit
Compare and contrast roles of medical services professionals and attorneys, discuss alternatives to discipline through progressive steps, and learn how to manage medical staff leader expectations.

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The Recertification Deadline is Quickly Approaching

If you are due to recertify this year, you must complete the 2017 Recertification Application before December 1, 2017. Recertification applications are now being accepted through the online recertification portal. Not sure if you are due to recertify this year? Find out if you're on the list and access all of our resources, including the 2017 Recertification Policies and Guidelines.
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NAMSS 2018 Election Results

We would like to officially announce and congratulate the newly elected members of the 2018 NAMSS Board of Directors:

Diane Meldi, MBA, CPCS, CPMSM, President
Susan Diaz, CPCS, CPMSM, President-Elect
Roxanne Chamberlain, MBA, FACHE, CPMSM, CPCS, FMSP, Secretary-Treasurer
Susan DuBois, CPCS, CPMSM, Immediate Past President
Steven Canale, CPCS, CPMSM, Director at Large
Effie Farnsworth, CPCS, CPMSM, Director at Large
Michelle Stultz, RN, CPCS, CPMSM, Director at Large

Newly elected Board members will begin their term on January 1, 2018. If you have any questions regarding the 2018 Board of Directors Election, please contact NAMSS at 202-367-1196 or info@namss.org
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Congratulations to the 2017 NAMSS Fellows

The NAMSS Fellow Designation is the pinnacle of achievement and acknowledgment for the Medical Services Professional (MSP), recognizing a career MSP who has made outstanding contributions to the profession through service as a leader, mentor, and educator. The Fellow designation signifies the recognition of knowledge along with service to the organization, NAMSS, and advancement of the profession. NAMSS is pleased to announce that the following members have been awarded with the NAMSS Fellow Designation (FMSP).
  • Roxanne Chamberlain, MBA, FACHE, CPMSM, CPCS, FMSP, Director of Medical Staff Services, Baystate Health System
  • Diana Hall, CPCS, CPMSM, FMSP, Manager, Compliance & Quality Improvement, CREDENT Verification & Licensing Services
  • Sharon Humphreys, BA, CPMSM, CPCS, FMSP, Senior Director, Novant Health Credentialing, Novant Health
  • Gina Mortensen, BS, CPMSM, CPCS, RHIT, FMSP, Medical Staff Services Manager, East Morgan County Hospital
  • Charles "Chip" Petersen, CPMSM, CPCS, FMSP, President/Consultant, The PETERSEN Group
These individuals will be recognized at the NAMSS 41st Educational Conference & Exhibition in Colorado Springs, Colorado; be sure to join us there to congratulate them on their impressive accomplishments.
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Industry News


Grassley Urges Feds to Find a Way to Make Hospital Accreditation Reports Public
FierceHealthcare (09/20/17) MacDonald, Ilene

Sen. Chuck Grassley has urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to look into what it would take to force hospital accrediting agencies to publicly disclose their inspection reports. In a recent letter to CMS, the Iowa Republican asked about what statutory changes would be necessary to require accreditors to make their inspection reports public. His letter was sent in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report that revealed the Joint Commission often fails to revoke accreditation even when it discovers serious patient safety violations. "The Joint Commission appears to be unable to aggressively enforce the necessary standards on all facilities," the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote, noting that the Journal detailed 30 incidents in which hospitals retained their full accreditation even though CMS deemed the violations so significant they were likely to cause a risk of serious patient injury or death.
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Hospital ER Moves to a New Staffing Model
Ellsworth American (09/29/17) Fuller, Steve

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital's (MCMH's) emergency department is now part of a collaborative with several other Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) hospitals. The collaborative involves physicians from other EMHS hospitals working in the local ER as needed and vice versa. The new model, which went into effect Sept 20, offers benefits to both the institution and its patients. Also part of the collaborative are Blue Hill Memorial Hospital; Inland Hospital in Waterville; and the flagship EMHS facility, Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor. According to MCMH President John Ronan, using the collaborative will give Maine Coast a deeper pool of doctors to draw from when the ER is short-staffed. "The goal, ultimately, is having a group of dedicated providers to be here permanently," he concluded. "To have a group of core people, collaborative employees, who are working primarily at one location."
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Omaha Doctor, Cosmetic Surgery Clinic Face 8 More Malpractice Lawsuits
Omaha World-Herald (10/05/17) Anderson, Julie

Eight more Nebraska women have filed lawsuits in Douglas County District Court alleging medical malpractice by an Omaha doctor and his cosmetic surgery clinic. The eight join seven other women who had previously filed suits against the same physician as of early August. Like the original seven, the eight new lawsuits allege that the victims suffered scarring, disfigurement, and pain as a result of the actions of Dr. Gerard J. Stanley Jr. and his Sculpt Contemporary Cosmetic Surgery. The lawsuits allege that Stanley touted himself as a "board-certified" surgeon qualified to perform cosmetic and plastic surgery. Stanley is board-certified in family medicine. He isn't board-certified, according to two main certification organizations, in cosmetic or plastic surgery. Nevertheless, his attorneys said in a statement that Stanley is a "qualified cosmetic surgeon and he provided proper medical care to each of these patients."
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Amid Growing Shortage, Programs Look to Produce More Doctors in Upstate
Greenville Online (10/04/17) Osby, Liv

To expand the physician workforce, Greenville Health System (GHS) is set to launch new medical residencies in Greer and Seneca, S.C., that will produce dozens of new doctors in the years to come. GHS is adding a three-year family medicine residency at the Oconee medical campus that will include construction of a new practice and be able to take six residents a year. A new family medicine program, along with construction of another new practice, also will begin in Greer for another six residents a year, concludes Dr. David Cull, vice president of academic development at GHS. The hope is that most will stay in the Upstate region to practice. Every South Carolina county is currently designated as "medically underserved," at least in part, reports the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Anderson, Pickens, Oconee, Laurens, and Spartanburg counties are all considered shortage areas for primary care physicians, DHEC adds.
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Software Startup MedSpoke Adds Physician Users, Mulls New Funding
Xconomy (10/10/17) Holley, David

MedSpoke's new software aims to make the process of verifying a doctor's credentials easier. The San Antonio-based start-up has developed a Web and mobile app that streamlines the listing and verification of a physician's qualifications, experience, and practice history. This process, known as "credentialing," takes place prior to a hospital's hiring of that doctor, before he or she can practice in a state, and when a physician wants to get reimbursed by an insurer. MedSpoke is hopeful the technology will replace the old, arduous paperwork process. It might seek a new round of funding as early as next year's first quarter, reports founder and CEO Jonathan Larson. In fact, management has already had some discussions with healthcare-focused venture capital firms regarding a possible Series A round of funding. Larson concludes, "We saw a huge opportunity to provide a technology solution, and to take that analog, slow process and to take it into the 21st century."
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Drug Enforcement Administration Revokes McHenry Doctor's License to Handle Controlled Substances
Northwest Herald (10/07/17) Keeperman, Brittany

A McHenry, Ill., physician has had his license for prescribing controlled substances in the state revoked after an investigation found he overprescribed pain pills. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) flagged McHenry internist Raman I. Popli for overprescribing such medications as oxycodone, Klonopin, and hydrocodone at his private practice. His DEA license was temporarily revoked back in March, and the decision was upheld recently after Popli did not request a hearing on the matter, according to documents from the U.S. Justice Department.
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SIU, Memorial, Device-Maker Agree to $5.5 Million Malpractice Settlement
State Journal-Register (IL) (09/29/17) Olsen, Dean

In late September, Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine's group practice of doctors and an SIU surgeon agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle a malpractice lawsuit involving a 33-year-old Charleston woman who bled to death during an elective surgery four years ago. The funds will go to the surviving husband and two daughters of April Strange. The settlement, involving SIU surgeon Dr. Subha Ganai, ranks as one of the biggest publicly reported payouts resulting from a wrongful-death lawsuit in Sangamon County history. Ganai, an SIU Medicine board-certified surgical oncologist, used a Covidien surgical stapler during the procedure that cut a blood vessel but failed to properly seal the vessel shut, according to the settlement order by Sangamon Circuit Judge John Madonia. The order said the surgical complication, which took place while Strange was under anesthesia, resulted in massive blood loss, cardiac arrest, and death the same day. Under terms of the settlement, Memorial Medical Center and surgical device-maker Covidien each agreed to pay $250,000.
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