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August 2016
Hardenbergh Updated June 2016
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A Word from the President


Welcome to the August issue of NAMSS Gateway. It’s that time of year again for NAMSS to look towards our future and ensure that we have leaders in place who are willing and able to continue to move this association forward. We need skilled, passionate MSPs who will strive to advance our mission, creatively establish new initiative to support of strategic plan and effectively manage our resources.

As a NAMSS member, this is your opportunity to participate in the election of our future NAMSS leaders. There are four positions open for election this year: three Directors-at-Large and the Secretary-Treasurer. After careful consideration and thorough vetting by the NAMSS Leadership Selection Committee, the individuals named to this year’s slate of nominees have all met the criteria and have proven themselves worthy to fill these critical leadership positions. The ballot closes Friday, September 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET, so vote today using the unique login information that was sent to you with the official Election Ballot.

Also, please think about volunteering your time and expertise to your state association or NAMSS in some fashion over the next few years. These opportunities to serve are the best avenues to make a significant impact and show your dedication to the medical services profession. It is through your support of NAMSS and the profession that the association is able to provide our members with the resources and tools we need to expand our knowledge and showcase the MSP’s stature in the healthcare environment. I encourage you to stop by the NAMSS Booth, and meet with NAMSS volunteer leaders, in the Leaders Lounge in the Exhibit Hall next month at the 40th Educational Conference & Exhibition.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the NAMSS Executive Office at info@namss.org with any questions.

Bonnie Gutierrez, BHA, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS

Join NAMSS at the Ruby Reception
Virtual Conference Registration Now Open!
Preview the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program For Free
Recertify Today!
Call for Volunteers Open through August 26
NAMSS Live Webinars
Social Corner

Industry News

"Hospitals Create Separate Units to Accommodate Elderly"
"Hospitals Hiring Chief Clinical Officers to Steer Toward Value-Based Care"
"Report: VA Spends $20 Million on Art Instead of Hiring Doctors"
"25 Percent of Physicians Are Born Outside the U.S. Can Immigration Reform Fix the Shortage?"
"Many Hospitals Not Ready for 2017 eCQM Reporting Period"
"Is It Possible to Reduce Hospital Admissions Through Evidence-Based Clinic Staffing?"


News From NAMSS


Join NAMSS at the Ruby Reception

Join NAMSS to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the annual conference with our one-of-a-kind Ruby Reception at the 40th Educational Conference & Exhibition. As the traditional 40th anniversary gift, the ruby represents passion, protection, and prosperity – the perfect symbol of NAMSS’ passion to support the medical staff and credentialing field and our mission to foster personal growth and prosperity of MSPs. Help us celebrate this monumental year at our exciting event! Register today to join us in Boston September 17-21, and start shopping for your ruby red outfit!
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Virtual Conference Registration Now Open!

Can’t join NAMSS in Boston for the 40th Educational Conference & Exhibition? Register your team for the NAMSS Virtual Conference to stream live sessions taking place in Boston! Through the new virtual conference portal, you can see the presenters in real-time, view their slides, and even ask questions. Visit the NAMSS website to view all sessions that will be available in the virtual conference portal. All virtual conference sessions are available on-demand and are also recorded for later use. Your registration provides you access to these sessions for 30 days after the conference. Visit the NAMSS website for more details.
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Preview the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program For Free

The wait is over - online modules for the highly-anticipated Leadership Certificate Program are now live! Designed for certified Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) looking to serve as leaders within their department and industry, the Leadership Certificate Program combines both online and in-person courses to teach new and improve existing leadership skills.

Not sure if the program is for you? Try the first online module of the program for FREE. Plus, get one Continuing Education (CE) credit for your participation. Introduction to the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program provides an in-depth overview of the entire program, including a closer look at content covered in both the online and in-person portions of the curriculum. Visit the NAMSS website for more information!
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Recertify Today!


Submit your Recertification Application Online


The 2016 NAMSS recertification application is now available! The recertification application can be found at www.namss.org/recertification. Paper applications will not be accepted.

In order to submit an application, you must log in to the NAMSS website. Your application may not be properly received if you do not log in to your existing account.

Forgot your password?
You can reset your password and retrieve your login information by clicking here and entering your e-mail address. Contact the Executive Office at info@namss.org should you need further assistance.

In order to remain certified, the 2016 recertification application must be completed and submitted by Thursday, December 1st, 2016. All CE credits must also be achieved by this deadline. A listing of those due to recertify in 2016 can be found here. Questions can be sent to certification@namss.org
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Call for Volunteers Open through August 26

Volunteering to serve on a NAMSS committee is a leadership opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. If the time is right in your career, please stand up and serve!

There are many opportunities to volunteer your time to work on initiatives that are of specific interest to you. The term commitment for most committees is one year (January 1-December 31), with a reappointment option of up to a total of three one-year terms. The CCN term commitment is one three-year term. For a full description of each committee, please visit the NAMSS website.

The deadline for applications is August 26, 2016.


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NAMSS Live Webinars

Combining Medical Staffs in a Multi-Hospital Setting

Date: Thursday, September 8
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT)
Speaker: Todd Sagin, MD
Cost: Member: $55; Non-member: $75
CE Credit: 1.0

At the end of this presentation, participants will understand:
  • The pros and cons of consolidating medical staffs in a multi-hospital health system.
  • How to describe various design options for the consolidations of medical staffs in a multi-hospital health system.
  • How to describe implementation steps that should be taken to win buy-in for merging medical staffs, getting board approval, making appropriate bylaws changes, addressing the concerns of medical staff professional.
Who Should Attend:

Experienced/Executive medical services and credentialing leaders who are interested in learning about integrated delivery systems and medical staff consolidation.

Register Today!


NAMSS PASS Webinar – Patient Safety: The Critical Role of NAMSS PASS
Next Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
CE Credit: 1.0

This webinar focuses 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 place their patients and facilities at risk. This important webinar covers the critical role of how NAMSS PASS addresses this issue.

Click here to register for this date or for a future date.
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Social Corner

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Educational Conference & Exhibition, we invite you to share your favorite memories from the conference! Share your photos on social media using #NAMSS2016 and submit them to be featured during the anniversary celebrations in Boston. Here’s one of our favorite #throwbacks.


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Industry News


Hospitals Create Separate Units to Accommodate Elderly
KQED (CA) (08/09/16) Gorman, Anna

Research shows that about 33 percent of patients over 70 years old and more than 50 percent of patients over 85 leave the hospital more disabled than when they arrived. Overwhelmed hospital staffers often fail to do such things as feed older patients properly and get them out of bed enough. These seniors are often deprived of adequate sleep, placed in noisy wards where their vital signs are checked at all hours of the night. In response, some hospitals are opening separate medical units dedicated to seniors. San Francisco General's Acute Care for Elders (ACE) ward opened in 2007. It boasts special accommodations and a team of providers to address the unique needs of older patients. Such units are still rare, though -- there are only about 200 nationwide. Even where they exist, space can be limited and not every senior is admitted.
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Hospitals Hiring Chief Clinical Officers to Steer Toward Value-Based Care
Healthcare IT News (07/26/16) Davis, Jessica

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer reports that the drive toward clinical quality outcomes and patient engagement are giving rise to the position of chief clinical officer (CCO). CCOs are typically tech-savvy consensus-builders who are comfortable living in relative ambiguity. It is the job of CCOs to understand lean performance requirements. He/she must also have a management style designed to reduce excess waste and care quality, and must also possess knowledge and familiarity with electronic health records. Experience with the integration of quality data and, more broadly, the ability to improve processes is also key. "They need to be 'systems thinkers,'" Linda Komnick, co-practice leader of Physician Integration and Leadership at Witt/Kieffer concluded. "That's what physicians are: always trying to diagnose and treat to analyze complex situations. They know how to empower and motivate."
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Report: VA Spends $20 Million on Art Instead of Hiring Doctors
Daily Caller (07/26/16) Phippen, Thomas

Over the past 10 years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has spent $20 million on artwork, spending over $3 million on artwork in 2015 alone, instead of hiring doctors to care for the long waitlist of veterans. As many as 1,000 veterans died on the waitlist in 2014. The VA added 3,591 new employees between 2012 and 2015, and only one of every 11 were doctors. According to government spending watchdog American Transparency, most art purchases were less than $100,000, but more than a dozen cost $250,000 or more. In comparison, the starting salary for a primary care physician for the VA is $98,000. American Transparency CEO Adam Andrzejewski says the VA doesn't need to eliminate artwork purchases from its budget entirely, as art has been found to have significant effects on patient experience and comfort. He suggests the VA should buy art created by veterans instead.
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25 Percent of Physicians Are Born Outside the U.S. Can Immigration Reform Fix the Shortage?
Forbes (07/12/16) Fisher, Nicole

Foreign-born professionals account for 16 percent of all healthcare workers and more than 25 percent of physicians. With the growing health needs of aging Baby Boomers and a shortage of healthcare workers as physicians retire, there are not enough native-born workers to meet the growing demand in the industry. Native-born physicians tend to choose more profitable specializations than foreign-born practitioners, who are more likely to fill primary care positions in family medicine and pediatrics. Primary care physicians are particularly valuable in underserved communities with fewer specialists. Additionally, foreign-born health workers are often vital in breaking communication and cultural barriers in hospitals and clinics, providing care to an increasingly diverse population. However, visa limitations, educational requirements, tuitions, licensure, and prejudice can lend to the difficulties already associated with practicing for foreign-born health professionals.
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Many Hospitals Not Ready for 2017 eCQM Reporting Period
EHR Intelligence (07/22/2016) Heath, Sara

The majority of hospitals still have significant work to do in preparation for submitting electronic clinical quality measures by the February 2017 deadline, according to a Joint Commission survey. Thirty-seven percent of hospitals have "much to do" before they can feel comfortable submitting in accordance with the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, and 41 percent have some preparation needed to meet the eCQM deadline. Only 18 percent are on track and working toward readiness, and less than 2 percent would be comfortable submitting eCQMs tomorrow. Although 86 percent expect to meet the February 2017 deadline, other hospitals may request an extraordinary circumstances waiver or opt out of submitting eCQMs and risk losing a 2018 incentive payment. Of those opting not to submit, about 29 percent believe the risk is financially worth it for their institutions. Only 18 percent of respondents believe eCQMs reflect accurately upon a hospital's quality.
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Is It Possible to Reduce Hospital Admissions Through Evidence-Based Clinic Staffing?
Nephrology News and Issues (07/16) Wolfe, William A.

The role of evidence-based clinic staffing standards has been largely absent from considerations about ways to cut hospital admissions among dialysis patients. Focusing on the extremely high hospital admission rate among in-center dialysis patients, the article's author provides an overview of how insufficient staffing can contribute to an adverse outcome, and simultaneously the way evidence-based staffing could potentially mitigate the problem. The most compelling evidence highlighted would appear to be the way inadequacies in nurse and PCT staffing are likely limiting these professionals' ability to comply with guidelines, issued to optimize patient safety. Considering the frequency of hospitalizations today and their consequences, any pragmatic steps that can be taken to reduce admissions will result in improved patient survival and significant cost savings.
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