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February 2018
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Greeley September 2017

A Word from the President


Welcome to the February issue of NAMSS Gateway. In just over a month, Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) from across the country will gather in Orlando, Florida for an interactive educational experience – the NAMSS Education Summit! MSPs in every stage of their career will benefit from two-day, hands-on workshops offering high-level education in a challenging, yet fun, environment. Those courses include Credentialing 101, the CPCS and CPMSM preparation courses, and the Leadership Certificate Program In-Person Course. Take your first step towards becoming a leader by completing the two required modules before registering to take the Leadership Certificate Program In-Person Course.

I look forward to seeing you March 23-24 in Orlando! Thank you for your support of NAMSS and the profession.

Sincerely,

Diane Meldi, MBA, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS

2018 Membership Dues Renewal
Nominate a Deserving MSP for the NAMSS Healthcare Hall of Fame Program
Register Now for the Summer 2018 Exam
NAMSS Live Webinars
Check out the NAMSS Career Center
NAMSS-Branded Apparel Now Available

Industry News

"Hiring Doctors With a Click Helps Hospitals Cope With Shortage"
"System to Screen and Credential Newly-Hired Doctors Can Miss Previous Sexual Assault Allegations, Ohio State Case Shows"
"Bill Aimed at Revising Medical Malpractice System Advances"
"Judge's Ruling Prevents 6 Doctors' Involvement in Riverview Surgery Center"
"Rise in ‘Virtual’ Doctor Visits Sparks Need for More Clarity in Louisiana Law, Experts Say"
"Lawsuit Accuses Doctor of Bias in Denying Injury Claim"


News From NAMSS


2018 Membership Dues Renewal

Did you remember to renew your NAMSS membership for 2018? Your membership officially expired December 31, 2017, but don't worry - we’ve got you covered. We’ll keep your benefits intact until March 31st. Renew your NAMSS membership today before you lose access to all of the discounts, resources, and networking opportunities that come with your membership!

Login 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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Nominate a Deserving MSP for the NAMSS Healthcare Hall of Fame Program

NAMSS is excited to open nominations for the 2018 Healthcare Hall of Fame Program! This prestigious award was created to honor Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) who have demonstrated characteristics of enthusiasm, passion, dedication, and commitment to the profession. These individuals have advocated for excellence and made outstanding contributions and/or significant strides in the medical services profession of healthcare. Those inducted into the NAMSS Healthcare Hall of Fame will be honored with the Hall of Fame distinction, provided a custom lapel pin and a special award to commemorate the honor, receive Honorary membership in NAMSS and be recognized at the NAMSS Annual Conference.

For more information, please visit the NAMSS website. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 9.
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Register Now for the Summer 2018 Exam

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

The Summer exam is a one-day test administered during the exam window of June 23 through July 14, 2018. Click here to login to your online account and register for the certification exam before the Application Deadline on Friday, April 27, 2018. 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.
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NAMSS Live Webinars

Provider Enrollment Two-Part Webinar Series
Part 1: February 27, 2018 1:00- 2:00 PM ET (12:00- 1:00 PM CT)
Part 2: March 29, 2018 1:00- 2:00 PM ET (12:00- 1:00 PM CT)

In this two-part webinar series, Lynn Scheppers of the St. Luke’s Health System Centralized Verified Office (CVO) will provide MSPs with an overview of provider enrollment. Part one will provide an overview of the “who, what, when, where, and why” of provider enrollment. Part two will provide a more in-depth view of provider enrollment, including how to maintain, revalidate, and terminate enrollments.

The Future of Medical Services Professionals
April 11, 2018 1:00- 2:00 PM ET (12:00- 1:00 PM CT)

We are working in an incredibly fast-paced, changing healthcare environment. What is happening in healthcare that is creating opportunities for Medical Services Professionals? Led by Vicky Searcy, this webinar will look at where we have been, where we are going and the opportunities available for those who want to prepare for a successful future.

NAMSS/AHLA Series
AHLA’s Medical Staff Credentialing and Peer Review Practice Group will offer a five-part webinar series focusing on best practices in three important areas that have legal implications for interactions between medical staff professionals and counsel. Each panel will be composed of attorneys that collaborate with medical services professionals, as well as a member of NAMSS.

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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.
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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.
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Industry News


Hiring Doctors With a Click Helps Hospitals Cope With Shortage
Bloomberg (01/24/18) Levingston, Ivan

Nomad Health is a startup that is helping hospitals fill needed temporary positions for doctors and nurses the way Airbnb Inc. fills hotel beds. The online platform connects clinicians with hospitals offering short-term jobs. It recently expanded to New York, bringing to 10 the number of states where it operates. Nomad Health competes with traditional employment agencies by charging a flat 15 percent fee versus double that amount typically charged by brokers. "It's very exciting because it's a way to really test our platform across a variety of practice settings," remarks Nomad CEO Alexi Nazem. A study by Staff Care, a provider of short-term hospital staffing, determined that 94 percent of health-care facility managers used short-term physicians in 2016, 20 percentage points higher than four years earlier. Nomad is hoping to capitalize on that shortage, with more than 30,000 clinicians currently using the platform.
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System to Screen and Credential Newly-Hired Doctors Can Miss Previous Sexual Assault Allegations, Ohio State Case Shows
Cleveland Plain Dealer (01/29/18) Christ, Ginger; Zeltner, Brie

Hospitals can miss allegations of sexual assault in the past of their prospective employees, even when they follow common hiring and credentialing practices. That is what happened this past summer when Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center hired Dr. Ryan Williams, a former Cleveland Clinic colorectal surgeon, unaware that he had twice been accused by patients of anal rape. OSU learned of the allegations from a USA Today journalist and not from the Clinic or from Williams during the hiring and credentialing process. OSU's hiring of Williams, and its apparent lack of knowledge about his past, illuminates the many ways the existing disciplinary, legal and hiring systems keep such allegations out of the public eye. Even when doctor sexual assault or accusations of assault are reported to authorities or employers, the cases often do not trigger one of the outcomes that would end up on a physician's employment record or in the national databases that hospitals consult to complete background checks.
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Bill Aimed at Revising Medical Malpractice System Advances
U.S. News and World Report (02/07/18) Schreiner, Bruce

Following up on a change made to Kentucky's medical malpractice system in 2017, state legislators are now considering a measure that would further alter the process of pursuing lawsuits claiming medical error or neglect. The bill advanced by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee earlier this month would place caps on a plaintiff's lawyer fees in malpractice cases. Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R), the bill's lead sponsor, said the changes would bring the state's system in line with malpractice laws in a number of other states. Among those opposing the bill is Sen. Reginald Thomas (D-Lexington), who said the changes could have a "chilling effect" on pursuing damages for medical mistakes or neglect. Last year, the GOP-majority legislature enacted a law to create panels of medical providers to review claims of medical errors and issue opinions on their merits before they go to trial.
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Judge's Ruling Prevents 6 Doctors' Involvement in Riverview Surgery Center
Sioux City Journal (IA) (02/07/18) Hytrek, Nick

Six doctors will for now be prohibited from holding ownership interests, consulting with or working for a new outpatient surgery center being developed in South Sioux City, Iowa. District Judge Duane Hoffmeyer has granted Pierce Street Same Day Surgery's request for a temporary injunction against the physicians until a trial can be held to determine if they violated non-compete agreements they had with the surgery center while having some perceived role in the development of Riverview Surgical Center. All six of the doctors have denied investing in the Riverview project, but contend that their non-compete agreements apply only toward involvement in existing surgery centers, not the creation of a new one.
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Rise in ‘Virtual’ Doctor Visits Sparks Need for More Clarity in Louisiana Law, Experts Say
Daily Comet (La.) (01/24/18) Thompson, Richard

Over 50 percent of U.S. hospitals are turning to telemedicine to provide clinical services in a wide range of settings. Louisiana's telemedicine regulations, though, have come under fire recently for being too ambiguous. Critics warn that Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners inquiries into some physicians' practices could stymie the industry's growth in the state. With the advent of new technology come questions about how it should be regulated in making sure patients receive the same quality of care from a remote physician that they get in the office. Some of the concerns center on the potential use of third-party doctors unfamiliar with patients and on whether adequate equipment is being used to diagnose and treat patients outside a medical facility. Supporters contend that, when used correctly, telemedicine improves access to care services, particularly in rural areas, reduces congestion in doctors' offices; and lessens patients' exposure to illnesses.
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Lawsuit Accuses Doctor of Bias in Denying Injury Claim
Argus Leader (01/26/18) Ellis, Jonathan

Kristi Thompson, a JC Penney employee who suffered a debilitating neck injury while on the job, has accused National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh with hiring Dr. Paul Cederberg because he routinely finds in favor of insurance firms seeking to deny benefits. Cederberg performed a couple of examinations on Thompson in 2012 after she injured her neck while working as a manager at a department store in Brookings, S.D. Thompson's head struck a countertop, causing the injury, according to her lawsuit. National Union initially started paying her under workers compensation insurance. However, the company denied payments after Cederberg concluded that Thompson's neck pain was from degenerative disk disease that existed prior to the at-work injury.
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