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April 2015

 

A Word from the President


Welcome to the April issue of NAMSS Gateway.

Planning for the NAMSS 39th Educational Conference & Exhibition is well underway and I am looking forward to Embracing Change and Journeying towards Leadership in Seattle, Washington this Fall. I encourage everyone to embrace this year’s theme and share your stories of change that have helped you on your path to leadership or have benefited your organization. If you have a story that you would like to share, please email it to me at linda.waldorf@unchealth.unc.edu.

I can’t wait to see everyone in Seattle! With plenty of attractions such as the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, the city sets the perfect background for networking and collaborative learning. Registration is opening in May, so mark your calendars now and plan to join NAMSS in October!

We had a great time in New Orleans last year—you can now purchase the 2014 conference recording for a discounted price. Use the code below.

Enjoy this issue of Gateway!

Linda Waldorf, BS, CPMSM, CPCS
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS
Attend the New NAMSS PASS Training Webinar!
Complete Overview of the Medicare Hospital Credentialing & Privileging Requirements (Parts I & II)
AHLA Joint Membership Initiative
2015 AMA-OMSS Annual Meeting
Get Answers and Start a Discussion

Industry News
"Healthcare Adds 22,000 Jobs in March as Hiring Slows"
"House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits"
"Advocates Want Cuomo to Continue Doctor Database"
"NAACP Grades Hospital Leadership Diversity"
"Florida Hospital Parent Company Settles Radiation-Oncology Case for $5.4M"


News From NAMSS


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Attend the New NAMSS PASS Training Webinar!

“Patient Safety: The Critical Role of NAMSS PASS”

The next webinar will be held on: Thursday, April 23 - 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

This is a new webinar focusing on Patient Safety and how NAMSS PASS is the critical solution to one of the on-going challenges we face as MSPs. When practitioners do not fully disclose their work history, MSPs are not able to verify what they don't know and places their patients and facilities at risk. This important webinar covers the critical role of how NAMSS PASS addresses this issue. This webinar is free and you will receive one CE credit for attendance.

Click here to register now and to view all upcoming webinar dates!
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Complete Overview of the Medicare Hospital Credentialing & Privileging Requirements (Parts I & II)

June 23 and June 25, 2015
2:00 – 3:30 pm ET on both days
This webinar has been approved for 3.0 CE Credits
Presented by David W. Eddinger, RN, MPH

An updated version of the popular session at the NAMSS 2014 Annual Conference, these presentations will include a complete overview of the Medicare Hospital Conditions of Participation related to medical staff credentialing and privileging. This is a two-part webinar occurring on two separate days. Individuals who are unable to attend one of the two days will have access to the recording for four (4) weeks after the conclusion of the webinar.

Click here to register now!


This webinar will not be sold as a recording.
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AHLA Joint Membership Initiative

NAMSS encourages you to take advantage of a joint membership initiative that enables NAMSS members to join AHLA at a discount. AHLA’s network of nearly 13,000 members, who practice in law firms, government, in-house settings, and academia, welcomes NAMSS members to become a part of AHLA’s Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Group. As legal developments are on the rise, MSP’s must keep up with regulatory compliance, legal liability and lawsuits. When you become a member of AHLA, you will benefit by having access to up-to-date relevant healthcare law information that will help you implement efficient strategies to limit liability in your organization.

Visit the NAMSS website to read more about the benefits you’ll receive by joining AHLA and to download the application. Discounted AHLA membership is only $110 for NAMSS members!
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2015 AMA-OMSS Annual Meeting

June 4–6
Hyatt Regency Chicago


You or one or more representatives from your medical staff are invited to participate in the 2015 American Medical Association Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) Annual Meeting and education program. Click here to register now . For your convenience a complete meeting program is available for review on the AMA website.

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Get Answers and Start a Discussion

Looking for advice from fellow MSPs? The NAMSS LinkedIn Group Page is a great resource for raising questions about credentialing, health care, privileging, and technology. Ask what materials you should be using to prepare for your upcoming exam, or see what administrative process are used in other facilities. With a growing community of more than 4,000 members at all experience levels, the NAMSS LinkedIn Group provides a strong network of professionals. Request to join.


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Industry News


Healthcare Adds 22,000 Jobs in March as Hiring Slows
Health Care Finance News (04/03/2015) Powderly, Henry

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's latest Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare employers added 22,000 jobs last month -- just slightly less than the 24,000 added in February and much less than the 38,000 added during the first month of this year. Researchers say this suggests a slight slowdown in hiring within the sector. Healthcare has added approximately 363,000 jobs in the last year, the report found. As was the case in previous months, growth in ambulatory healthcare led hiring for the sector with 19,000 jobs added. Hospitals, meanwhile, added 8,000 jobs while nursing care facilities lost 6,000 jobs in the past month. Overall, the U.S. economy added 126,000 jobs during March while the U.S. unemployment rate held flat at 5.5 percent. Healthcare remains one of the sectors continuing to grow jobs across the nation.
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House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits
New York Times (03/31/15) P. A14 Pear, Robert

A little-noticed provision of a bill recently passed by the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support would provide doctors new protections against medical malpractice lawsuits. The bill requires the government to measure the quality of care that doctors provide and rate their performance on a scale of zero to 100. It protects doctors by stipulating that the quality-of-care standards used in federal health programs -- specifically Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act -- cannot be used in malpractice cases.
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Advocates Want Cuomo to Continue Doctor Database
Albany Star Gazette (03/12/15) Campbell, Jon

Consumer groups and patient advocates have been pressing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reconsider his plan to end a state website that allows the public to check up on doctors' credentials. To save about $1.2 million annually, the plan entails discontinuing the state Department of Health's Physician Profile website -- nydoctorprofile.com -- which allows people to search for specific physicians and browse data about their education and malpractice record. Cuomo's office says this would be a smart cut because much of the information is available via other publicly accessible websites. However, groups representing consumers, patients, and seniors said these other sites are not nearly as comprehensive as the state's site. The state website, which launched in 2000, relies on self-reported data from doctors statewide. These medical professionals have been required to submit information to the state website, while they aren’t for the various private sites.
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NAACP Grades Hospital Leadership Diversity
Hospitals & Health Networks (04/15) Weinstock, Matthew

The NAACP recently released a report on diversity in health care that will likely spark debate over the number of minorities in hospital leadership positions. The association's Opportunity and Diversity Report Card graded a half-dozen of the country's biggest health systems on their hiring, promotion, and procurement practices. The report, which is based on data voluntarily submitted by the health systems, gave out grades ranging from a B for Dignity Health to a D- for HCA. The majority of the systems received C's and lower for diversity in their senior management ranks and on their governing bodies. Some professionals disputed the results. "We believe we've made more progress in several areas that the grades don't reflect," stated Patricia Webb, chief administrative officer and chief human resources officer for Catholic Health Initiatives. "The survey is based on 2012 data, so it is not reflective of the present situation." The report is a continuation of a conversation the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity in Health Management and others have been having for several years centered on diversity in the C-suite and on boards of trustees as the medical field pushes forward with new models of care.
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Florida Hospital Parent Company Settles Radiation-Oncology Case for $5.4M
Orlando Sentinel (03/19/15) Miller, Naseem

The Justice Department reports that Florida Hospital's parent company has agreed to pay $5.4 million to settle claims that several of its facilities provided radiation-oncology services to patients with Medicare or military health insurance without direct supervision by qualified health professionals. U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III of the Middle District of Florida issued a statement that read: "We will not tolerate providers recklessly cutting corners, particularly when furnishing such critical medical services as radiation oncology." Florida Hospital has stated that there appears to be no proof that the care of any patients was negatively impacted. For patients who have Medicare or TRICARE, the U.S. military's health-care program, radiation-oncology services in hospitals have to be directly supervised by a radiation oncologist or other similarly qualified personnel. That's because due to the fact that the specialty and its technologies have become more advanced over the years. The United States alleged that Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital's parent company, did not provide this supervision in Altamonte Springs, Daytona Beach, DeLand, Kissimmee, Orange City, Orlando, Palm Coast, and Winter Park from Jan. 1, 2010, through the end of 2013.
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