To view this online go to: http://www.infoinc.com/NAMSS/1217_web.html

Banner
December 2017
Hardenbergh December 2017
Greeley September 2017

Skill Survey December 2017
 

A Word from the President


Welcome to the December Issue of NAMSS Gateway. With a new year- comes a fresh start and a new set of goals for 2018. As you plan to take the next step in your career, keep in mind that NAMSS has numerous resources to help you achieve success no matter your professional level.

Webinars are always a great asset for those new to the industry. Use this resource to stay updated on industry trends and upcoming medical regulations. When preparing for your first certification exam, be sure to attend preparation courses at the 2018 Education Summit. If you’re currently certified, consider taking your career to the next level by enrolling in the Leadership Certificate Program. And finally, if you’re a veteran MSP who has done it all, consider giving back to the upcoming generation of MSPs by volunteering for the NAMSS Board of Directors. Regardless of your career stage, I encourage everyone to become an advocate for the medical services profession.

As we bring this year to a close, always remember, NAMSS is here to support you. Happy Holidays, and have a great new year!

Sincerely,

Susan DuBois, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter 
Greeley December 2017
 

Headlines

News From NAMSS

2018 Membership Dues Renewal- Deadline Approaching
Last Chance to Recertify in 2017!
NAMSS 42nd Conference Call for Abstracts
Education Summit
Register Now for the Spring 2018 Exam
End of Year Sale
Check out the NAMSS Career Center
NAMSS-Branded Apparel Now Available

Industry News

"Survey: Most Docs Sued for Malpractice"
"When the Doctor's Away"
"USA Today Finds Multiple VA Hospitals Hire Doctors With Legal Problems"
"AAFP Commissions Legal Opinion to Aid Family Physicians"
"Tech Vendors Tackle Credentialing, Hiring and Scheduling With Predictive Analytics and Automation"
"Md. Doctor Who Obtained Medical License Illegally Prompts Lawsuits"
"Report: Florida Rarely Punishes Doctors Sued for Malpractice"


News From NAMSS


2018 Membership Dues Renewal- Deadline Approaching

Have you renewed your dues for 2018 yet? All NAMSS memberships expire on December 31, 2017. Renew your membership by January 31, 2018 and receive a gift from NAMSS – a coupon to use for a complimentary session recording from the 2017 Annual Conference, worth 1.5 CE credits! Coupons will be emailed to you within a month 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.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines
Last Chance to Recertify in 2017!

If you are due to recertify this year, your time is running out! You must complete the 2017 Recertification Application by December 31, 2017. Please note that individuals submitting the Recertification Application after December 1st will be subject to a $50 late fee when recertifying. Applications submitted after the December 31st deadline will not be accepted and candidates can no longer utilize the CPCS and/or CPMSM designations.

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.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines
NAMSS 42nd Conference Call for Abstracts

We just wrapped up a great conference in Colorado Springs, and the Conference Committee has already begun preparations for next year’s conference in Long Beach, California. We are looking for a variety of dynamic presentations to meet the diverse needs of the NAMSS membership, both in topic and in level of experience. Sessions will be grouped into four tracks, focusing on Credentialing/Privileging, Accreditation/Regulatory, Executive Management, and Leadership. The 42nd Educational Conference & Exhibition will be held from September 29 – October 3, 2018. Click here for more information and to submit your abstract for consideration today.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines
Education Summit

NAMSS is returning to Orlando for the 2018 Education Summit! Register today and join us March 23 – 24 for high quality, hands-on education designed to prepare you for the next step in your career. Be sure to register by February 5th in order to save $50 on registration!
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines
Register Now for the Spring 2018 Exam

Register for the CPCS/CPMSM exam today and take your next step toward certification and career advancement.

The Spring exam is a one-day test administered during the exam window of March 24 through April 14, 2018. Click here to login to your online account and register for the certification exam. The exam fee is $375 for NAMSS members and $500 for non-NAMSS members. If you’re unsure about whether you qualify to sit for the certification examination, please view the Eligibility Requirements section of the Candidate Handbook. Additionally, if you need any further assistance on registering for the exam, please contact us at certification@namss.org.

Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines
End of Year Sale

Don’t miss the NAMSS end of year sale! Get the best deals of the season on high-quality education programs by entering the coupon codes below at checkout.

15% OFF
Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Study Guide | Code: CPCS17SG
Medical Services Management (CPMSM) Study Guide | Code: CPMSM17SG
Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Online Prep Course | Code: CPCS17OL
Medical Services Management (CPMSM) Online Prep Course | Code: CPMSM17OL

10% OFF
Webinar Recordings | Code: WEBREC17

Visit the NAMSS website for more information on online education, CE earning opportunities, and additional education products for purchase.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines
Check out the NAMSS Career Center

The NAMSS Career Center is a great resource for those looking for a position in the medical services field. Create an account to post your resume, set up job alerts and search for available positions from dozens of hiring companies. The career center is also perfect for employers looking for top-notch candidates; search resumes or post a job today.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines
NAMSS-Branded Apparel Now Available

Show your NAMSS pride with new NAMSS-branded products! Professional polos and oxfords, cozy jackets, and sporty pullovers are available for purchase in our online shop.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines

Industry News


Survey: Most Docs Sued for Malpractice
HealthLeaders Media (12/15/17) Commins, John

Responding to a recent Medscape survey, 55 percent of physicians say they have been sued for malpractice at least once in their career, and many say that experience changed their attitudes toward their patients. The findings represent a 15 percent increase in malpractice suits over Medscape's 2013 Malpractice Report. The survey found that failure to diagnose a patient's condition or complications arising from treatment ranked as the most common reasons patients sued. For its results, Medscape received over 4,000 responses from physicians across more than two dozen specialties. Researchers found that specialists, especially surgeons (85 percent) and Ob/Gyns (85 percent), were more likely to be sued than primary care doctors. The specialists named least frequently in lawsuits were dermatologists (28 percent) and psychiatrists (29 percent). Finally, 51 percent of respondents said being the subject of a malpractice suit changed their attitudes towards patients, with 26 percent saying they no longer trust patients.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines

When the Doctor's Away
Harvard Gazette (12/05/17) Miller, Jake

When hospital staff physicians are out sick, on vacation, or at a conference, patients are increasingly likely to receive treatment by an outsider hired to fill in. The trend, a multibillion-dollar industry, is fueled by doctor staffing shortages and shifting employment patterns. Some are questioning whether these temps -- so-called locum tenens physicians -- provide the same level of care as the doctors for whom they are filling in. For the most part, the answer appears to be "yes," at least when it comes to death rates in the month following treatment, according to a new study by Harvard Medical School (HMS). The findings, based on a review of millions of Medicare hospitalization records, show that patients treated by substitute doctors and regular hospital staffers had similar death rates in the 30 days following hospitalization. Yet the researchers warn there were some small, but statistically significant differences in other measures. For instance, patients treated by substitute physicians had somewhat higher spending and slightly longer hospitalizations.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines

USA Today Finds Multiple VA Hospitals Hire Doctors With Legal Problems
The Hill (12/03/17) Samuels, Brett

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hired doctors with a history of malpractice and legal complaints, according to a USA Today investigation. The publication cited multiple examples of physicians who faced legal action for previous work making it through the hiring process to work at a VA hospital. For example, neurosurgeon John Henry Schneider faced more than a dozen malpractice claims in two states relating to cases in which surgeries he performed left patients further injured or even dead. He was hired anyway at the VA hospital in Iowa City earlier this year, and some of his patients have already suffered complications. The VA has initiated an "independent, third-party clinical review" of care Schneider. Late last month, the Government Accountability Office reported that five VA medical centers failed to report eight potentially dangerous doctors to a national database intended to keep such doctors from crossing state lines and finding jobs elsewhere.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines

AAFP Commissions Legal Opinion to Aid Family Physicians
AAFP News (11/14/17)

Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) who are struggling to gain hospital privileges for which they are qualified have a new resource in the form of a legal opinion written by the law firm of Seigfreid Bingham. The AAFP recently commissioned the Kansas City, Mo., firm to review applicable law to "determine the extent to which hospitals and physicians may be liable for the denial of medical staff membership or privileges to perform specific procedures based on factors other than demonstrated experience, training and competencies of the physician in question." It's not unusual for family physicians to contact the Academy asking for assistance with credentialing and privileging issues in various practice situations. The legal opinion -- which presents an objective, evidence-based position -- is intended to provide support for members who find themselves in challenging situations with hospital administrators or other decision-makers. It should not be considered legal advice.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines

Tech Vendors Tackle Credentialing, Hiring and Scheduling With Predictive Analytics and Automation
Healthcare IT News (12/06/17) Lagasse, Jeff

Hiring, credentialing, and scheduling shifts are notoriously challenging for so many mid-size and smaller hospitals because of the diligence required. But today's artisan-style approach to these operations also presents hospitals with the opportunity to automate credentialing, hiring and scheduling in ways that can save both time and money. Two classes of vendors -- one targeting credentialing and hiring with the second focused on automation -- are bringing offerings particular to healthcare organizations to market. Avantas is one of the leading players in its use of predictive analytics and embedded forecasting to create a shift in how managers are thinking about scheduling staff. But even before scheduling, hospitals need to hire and onboard their clinicians. Such firms as the Greeley Company, Newport Credentialing, and SkillSurvey are helping healthcare providers begin automating hiring and credentialing to streamline and ultimately accelerate the process. Once SkillSurvey built its first peer referencing application, for instance, it reportedly reduced clients' peer referencing processes from several weeks to just three days.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines

Md. Doctor Who Obtained Medical License Illegally Prompts Lawsuits
WUSA9 DC (12/01/17) Wild, Whitney

A man in Prince George's County, Md., who went by the name of Dr. Charles Akoda practiced medicine for years. But officials say Oluwafemi Igberase used aliases and fake social security numbers to get at least two different medical licenses. Now, his victims plan to join one of several lawsuits filed against the former parent company of Prince George's Hospital Center for failing to figure out "Dr. Akoda" was really Igberase. Igberase was sentenced earlier in 2017 after admitting he misused a social security number to "fraudulently obtain a Maryland medical license." During search warrants, officials found "a false social security card in the Akoda name, a false Nigerian passport for Akoda, a false U.S. visa in the Akoda name, and fraudulent or altered documents related to immigration, medical diplomas, medical transcripts letters of recommendations, and birth certificates." In 2000, a residency program in New Jersey discovered he gave incorrect information about his identity and kicked him out. In 2012, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services ascertained he provided an inaccurate social security number when submitting a Medicare Enrollment Application. But according to lawsuits, "Akoda" continued to treat patients until 2016.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines

Report: Florida Rarely Punishes Doctors Sued for Malpractice
Modern Healthcare (11/20/17)

Florida doctors are rarely punished by state regulators even after they are sued for malpractice, according to a recent report in the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The state's Department of Health reviewed nearly 24,000 resolved state and federal lawsuits against physicians over the past decade. Out of those reviews, regulators filed disciplinary charges only 128 times. Florida's Department of Health is required to review every malpractice lawsuit filed against Florida physicians to identify and punish problem doctors. Department spokesman Brad Dalton notes that officials don't take action against doctors in cases too old to prosecute or with payouts of less than $50,000, which would rule out nearly 70 percent of the malpractice cases filed.
Share Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  | Web Link | Return to Headlines



Abstract News © Copyright 2017 INFORMATION, INC.
Powered by Information, Inc.