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December 2016
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A Word from the President


Welcome to the December issue of NAMSS Gateway. It’s that time of year again – a time to reflect and set new goals for the future. As you begin to envision your career in one, five, or ten years, think about how NAMSS’ resources can help get you there.

If you are new to the field, participate in webinars that cover basic topics and begin preparing for your first certification exam by attending the preparation courses at the 2017 Education Summit or reviewing exam study guides. If you hold the CPCS, consider becoming dual certified and acquire the CPMSM. If you want to transform your experience into expertise, enroll in the Leadership Certificate Program. Or, become an industry thought leader and view the Virtual Executive Roundtable recordings to become well-versed in population health. If you are a veteran MSP who has done it all, give back to the next generation of MSPs by volunteering for a NAMSS committee or submit your abstract for the upcoming 41st Educational Conference and Exhibition. No matter your career stage, I urge everyone to make it a priority for 2017 to become an advocate for the medical services profession.

With NAMSS by your side, you can achieve any resolution you pursue. Happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year!

Bonnie Gutierrez, BHA, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President

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News From NAMSS

NAMSS Welcomes New Public Member to the Board
2017 Membership Dues Renewal - Deadline Approaching
FIRE Sale on NAMSS Education Products - Limited Time Only
2017 NAMSS Education Summit - Register Today
Late Recertification Applications Accepted through December 31st
Obtain Your CPCS and/or CPMSM Certification in 2017
Social Corner

Industry News

"Physician-Entrepreneur Launches MedSpoke to Cure Credentialing Ills"
"Two Pennsylvania Hospitals to Stop Hiring Smokers"
"GOP Eyes Lightning Strike on Obamacare to Kick Off Trump Era"
"Work Environment Strongly Influences Nurse and Patient Outcomes"
"CCSF Cuts, Closure Would Impact Staffing at SF Hospitals"
"Feds Arrest Six Former Insys Execs for Allegedly Bribing Doctors"


News From NAMSS


NAMSS Welcomes New Public Member to the Board

The NAMSS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Timothy B. Adelman, Esq., MBA as the Public Member of the Board in 2017. The responsibility of the Public Member is to serve in an advisory position to the Board and offer an outside perspective with special expertise through knowledge in a field that compliments the goals of NAMSS.

Timothy B. Adelman, Esq., MBA is an attorney in the firm of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC, in Annapolis, Maryland. His practice focuses on representing healthcare clients regarding hospital-physician relationships, medical staff bylaws and governance, credentialing, peer review and related hearings, corporate organization, compliance, patient care and consent issues, risk management and liability issues, EMTALA and HIPAA matters.

Adelman is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and previously served as the Chair of the Medical Staff, Credentialing, and Peer Review Practice Group at the AHLA. Through his work with AHLA, he has assisted in editing the "Peer Review Hearing Guidebook" and was a co-author of the "Peer Review Hearing Guidebook 2010 Supplement."
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2017 Membership Dues Renewal - Deadline Approaching

Have you renewed your dues for 2017 yet? All NAMSS member dues expire on December 31, 2016. Renew your membership by January 31, 2017 and receive a gift from NAMSS – a coupon to use for a complimentary session recording from the 2016 Annual Conference, worth 1.5 CE credits! Coupons will be emailed to you within two weeks of your renewal.

Log in to your account and then click on “My Profile” under the Membership tab to view, print, or pay your renewal invoice (you will see it listed on the right hand side).

Contact the Executive Office at info@namss.org should you need further assistance.
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FIRE Sale on NAMSS Education Products - Limited Time Only

Don't miss the NAMSS FIRE sale! Now through Saturday, December 31, get unbeatable discounts on high-quality online education programs by entering the coupon codes below at checkout.

25% OFF:
Use discount code 25DEAL at checkout

$50 OFF:
Virtual Executive Roundtable Recordings
Use discount code VER50 at checkout.

20% OFF:
Webinar Recordings
Use discount code RECORDINGS20 at checkout.
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2017 NAMSS Education Summit - Register Today



Registration is now open for the NAMSS Education Summit, taking place March 10 - 11, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida! The perfect venue to learn, network, and have fun, the NAMSS Education Summit brings together Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) from all over the country for high-quality educational workshops related to credentialing and leadership. New for 2017, the Leadership Certificate Program In-Person Course will also take place at the Education Summit. Take this time to start the online modules or work on completing them in time for the in-person course.
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Late Recertification Applications Accepted through December 31st

Submit your Recertification Application Online

The 2016 NAMSS recertification application is still available through December 31st ($50 late fee will apply). The recertification application can be found at www.namss.org/recertification. Please note that paper applications will not be accepted.

In order to submit your 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 31, 2016. There will be a $50 late fee added to your purchase, as we are passed the original December 1 deadline. All CE credits must be achieved by the original deadline date of December 1. 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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Obtain Your CPCS and/or CPMSM Certification in 2017

If one of your 2017 resolutions is to earn your CPCS or CPMSM certification, apply before Friday, January 13 for the spring testing period, March 11 – April 1. Looking for more information on certification? Download the Certification Brochure.

Need more time to prepare for the CPCS and/or CPMSM exam? Along with the spring testing period, NAMSS also offers testing periods in the summer and fall.
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Social Corner

Do your social followers know about the important work you do? Share your story with them! Download the State of the Medical Services Profession Report to find facts and figures on the impact MSPs play in the overall healthcare field.
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Industry News


Physician-Entrepreneur Launches MedSpoke to Cure Credentialing Ills
Rivard Report (12/08/16)

Founded by Dr. Jon Larson, the MedSpoke start-up has launched a software application that aims to sooth some of the headaches of credentialing in the healthcare sector. Credentialing is the process hospitals utilize to establish the qualifications of licensed doctors and assess their background and legitimacy. On average, the process requires about six months to complete, along with mountains of paperwork from both the State and the hospital. And, of course, there are the administrative staffers required to coordinate it all. "That credentialing process is truly the bottleneck to getting into your job," Larson said. With physician shortages estimated to reach between 46,000 and 90,000 by 2025, it's a problem that's only going to get worse. In October, Reliance Emergency Physicians of San Antonio became the first user when MedSpoke became available in the App Store. Smart Physician, a Wisconsin-based recruiting firm, soon followed. “Groups see us as their competitive advantage because they don’t have to hire staff to handle this credentialing process anymore,” Larson said. “Reliance doesn’t have a single administrator dealing with credentialing.”
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Two Pennsylvania Hospitals to Stop Hiring Smokers
NBC4i.com (OH) (11/30/16)

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, those who smoke need not apply at two of Lebanon County, Pa.'s biggest employers. Officials with WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and Philhaven recently announced they will no longer hire those who test positive for nicotine. The move gets the hospitals in line with other WellSpan hospitals in the Midstate area. It also mirrors a similar policy established by Lancaster General Health. "Companies today are far more aware of employee health and creating employment in a healthy environment for their employees," John Kerlish, the owner of Human Resource Management Associates, stated. There are currently 29 states that ban employers from discriminating against people who use tobacco products. Pennsylvania is currently not one of them.
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GOP Eyes Lightning Strike on Obamacare to Kick Off Trump Era
Bloomberg (11/29/16) Dennis, Steven T.; House, Billy

With a slim Senate majority, congressional Republicans may face an uphill battle striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing it early in President-Elect Donald Trump’s first year in office. An immediate repeal would create a tight deadline for Congress to pass a replacement, potentially creating gaps in coverage. If passed, a replacement system with less federal control would likely take several years to fully implement, according to Lamar Alexander, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. To pull off a quick-strike repeal, the GOP would need to pass a budget resolution first for the budget year. Republicans also will face internal disagreements about which mandates of the ACA to keep.
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Work Environment Strongly Influences Nurse and Patient Outcomes
HealthLeaders Media (11/29/16) Thew, Jennifer

Workplace safety and nurse surveillance capacity pertain significantly to healthcare organizations' performance on nurse, patient, patient experience, and pay-for-performance outcomes, according to Press Ganey analysis. When compared to hospitals in the bottom quartile of perceived nursing workplace safety, hospitals in the top quartile featured a rate of registered nurse (RN)-perceived missed care that is about 52 percent lower, RN job enjoyment that is 27 percent higher, a 22 percent higher CMS Overall Hospital Quality star rating, and 3 percent higher median "likelihood to recommend" scores. Press Ganey Chief Nursing Officer Christy Dempsey reports. "Staffing, resource adequacy, nurse manager ability and leadership, the percent of nurses with certification, and the nurses' participation in hospital affairs—those are the things that drive the ability to 'surveil' your environment," Dempsey adds.
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CCSF Cuts, Closure Would Impact Staffing at SF Hospitals
San Francisco Examiner (11/28/16) Barba, Michael

Hospitals in San Francisco could soon start to see a staffing crunch if student enrollment at City College of San Francisco continues on its downward trajectory. The financially burdened community college has graduated over 75 percent of the radiology staff at San Francisco General Hospital and roughly 50 percent of the radiology workforce at UC San Francisco, according to representatives of the hospitals. "If you go into any hospital in San Francisco and the surrounding area, the majority of the technologists that you'd encounter in a radiology department came from City College of San Francisco," said Diana Garcia, head of CCSF's Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program. A number of departments hang in the balance as student enrollment declines and a crucial decision on the college's accreditation approaches near the end of the year. By February, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges will have announced whether CCSF has met a series of standards to remain open and accredited, as it is today.
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Feds Arrest Six Former Insys Execs for Allegedly Bribing Doctors
Fortune (12/08/16) Mukherjee, Sy

FBI agents arrested former Insys Therapeutics CEO Michael Babich and five other former company executives on Dec. 8 for allegedly bribing doctors to prescribe an extremely addictive opioid painkiller to patients who did not need it. The U.S. Department of Justice is charging the executives with taking part in a "nationwide conspiracy" to give healthcare providers kickbacks in return for the improper prescribing of Subsys. The opioid medication contains the highly addictive substance fentanyl, which is considered even more dangerous than Vicodin. Harold Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Boston field division, issued a statement that read, "As alleged, top executives of Insys Therapeutics, Inc. paid kickbacks and committed fraud to sell a highly potent and addictive opioid that can lead to abuse and life-threatening respiratory depression."
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