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July 2015

 

A Word from the President


Welcome to the July issue of NAMSS Gateway!

I am truly excited about the events NAMSS has planned for 2015 and 2016. First up, we have the 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition taking place in Seattle, Washington, this fall. The Annual Conference is always a highlight in my year, but I am especially excited to partake in leadership lessons and hear your stories of accomplishments. Remember, the early bird deadline is Friday, July 24, so make sure you visit the NAMSS website to register.

Another event to look forward to is the 2016 Regional Education Summit! This year, the Regional Education Summit will be heading to Orlando, Florida, March 11-12, 2016. This Summit is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on training and connect with other MSPs. Find more information on the Regional Education Summit in this issue of Gateway.

Linda Waldorf, BS, CPMSM, CPCS
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS
Register by July 24 and Save on your Registration for NAMSS 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition
The Recertification Application Has Moved Online!
Upcoming Webinars
Save the Date for the NAMSS Regional Education Summit
Social Corner
Monthly Discount

Industry News
"Aging Doctors: Time for Mandatory Competency Testing?"
"Iowa Becomes 10th State to Enact Interstate Medical Licensure Compact"
"Surge in Quality Scores Linked to Drop in Malpractice Claims"
"Silversheet Launches Cost-Saving, Intelligent Credentialing Platform for Healthcare Facilities And Providers"
"N.J. Considers Tougher Penalties for Doctors in Sexual Misconduct Cases"
"FTC Preparing Guidance for States on Supervising Regulatory Boards"
"Tough Choices, Few Options for County Residents"


News From NAMSS


Register by July 24 and Save on your Registration for NAMSS 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition



The early bird registration deadline for NAMSS 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition is Friday, July 24. Join NAMSS from October 3 – 7 in Seattle, WA for five days of networking and dedicated education sessions geared toward helping you grow as a leader in the industry. Register on or before July 24 and save $55 on your conference registration!
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The Recertification Application Has Moved Online!

We've gone digital! All certificants due for recertification in 2015 are now able to submit recertification applications online! Starting on August 1st, 2015, the application will be available at www.namss.org/recertification (Applications will not be accepted prior to August 1st). Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

A full listing of those due for recertification in 2015 as well as 2015 Recertification Policies and Guidelines can be found at www.namss.org/recertification. All 2015 recertification applications must be submitted by December 1st, 2015.
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Upcoming Webinars

Attend a NAMSS PASS Training Webinar!
“Patient Safety: The Critical Role of NAMSS PASS”


The next webinar will be held on: Wednesday, July 22 - 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!

Managed Care Credentialing 101
July 21st, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET
This webinar has been approved for 1.5 CEs
Presented by Deborah Ormay, CPCS, CPMSM

This webinar will introduce participants to managed care credentialing:  why it is done and how it differs from/is similar to credentialing and privileging performed in Medical Staff Offices. Participants will receive an overview of NCQA credentialing and recredentialing criteria. The webinar will identify resources that are available to insure compliance with NCQA standards and to promote understanding of the use of those standards.

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Board Certification and MOC: An Overview
August 18, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
This webinar has been approved for 1.0 CEs
Presented by Susie Flynn and Jennifer Michael at ABMS

ABMS Board Certification and the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®) are fundamental to the integrity of medical specialty care. MOC is recognized as an important quality marker by hospitals, quality and credentialing organizations, and insurers. In this one hour webinar, representatives from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will provide an overview of Board Certification, MOC, Board Eligibility Policies, and review common data display scenarios for physician profiles.

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Allied Health Practitioners: The Next Frontier in Credentialing
August 25, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
This webinar has been approved for 1.0 CEs
Presented by Terra Purdy, MS

This presentation will explore the numerous types of Allies Health Practitioners and ways to credential them while meeting state and federal standards. It will examine the essential elements for initial credentialing of these unique providers and criteria for reappointment. By the end of the presentation, the audience will be equipped with a solid framework for credentialing Allied Health Practitioners.

Register Now!
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Save the Date for the NAMSS Regional Education Summit

Join NAMSS in Orlando, Florida, for the 2016 Regional Education Summit. Choose from one of three in-depth workshops that will help you advance your career and prepare for your upcoming certification exam. Mark your calendars for this opportunity to connect with other MSPs while reviewing exam topics and accreditation standards relevant to our industry!

March 11-12, 2016
Hyatt Regency Orlando
Two-day Summit Workshops
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Social Corner

The NAMSS 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition is quickly approaching. Follow NAMSS on Facebook to get to know our keynote speakers, see reminders about key dates, and learn more about our educational sessions. You will also have access to a few fun facts that are only available on Social Media!


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Industry News


Aging Doctors: Time for Mandatory Competency Testing?
MedPage Today (06/29/15) Clark, Cheryl

Last month, the American Medical Association's (AMA's) House of Delegates voted to explore the possibility of issuing formal guidelines for the timing and methods for competency testing of older doctors who wish to retain staff privileges.  Approved at the meeting was a 21-page report from the AMA's Council on Medical Education that referenced more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, many of which enumerated the various ways advancing age diminishes a doctor's abilities.  Members of the California Medical Association, the California Hospital Association, and California Public Protection and Physician Health recently issued a novel draft "guideline" report that goes one step further than the AMA.  It outlines specific legally defensible steps that medical executive committees might take to selectively screen older doctors' competencies.  The California guideline stated: "Case law clearly establishes that hospitals and physician groups can be held directly liable for injuries caused to patients by physicians where there was evidence of deficiencies in the physician's skills or judgment that posed a danger to patients."  The report recommends guidelines for selecting screening instruments and choosing who might administer them.  It then suggests a process to re-orient physicians who don't pass, and under what circumstances those doctors' failures must be reported to state licensing officials.  The AMA and California reports were fueled by the recognition that of the 241,641 doctors now age 65 and older -- four times more than in 1975 -- approximately 95,000 are still engaged in patient care.
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Iowa Becomes 10th State to Enact Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
Newswise (07/06/15)

Earlier this month, Iowa became the tenth state to enact the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact after Gov. Terry Branstad signed the legislation into law. Iowa joins a growing coalition of states committed to expanding access to quality health care, particularly to those living in underserved areas of the nation. The Compact expedites the licensing process for qualified doctors, reduces barriers to obtaining licensure in multiple states and jurisdictions, and establishes a voluntary pathway that will significantly streamline the licensing process for physicians seeking to practice medicine in Compact states. At the same time, it maintains the state regulatory oversight and protections necessary for patient safety. The nine other states that have enacted the Compact this year are: Alabama, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The final model Interstate Medical Licensure Compact legislation was released near the end of last year's third quarter. Since then, 19 state legislatures have introduced the Compact legislation and nearly 30 state medical and osteopathic boards have publicly thrown their support behind it.
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Surge in Quality Scores Linked to Drop in Malpractice Claims
Health Leaders Media (06/10/2015) Ready, Tinker

Recent research suggests that hospitals can reduce liability claims with or without tort reform, with the quality of hospital care having just as much of an impact on malpractice claims. Taking a look at a single health system with hospitals in both Texas and Louisiana, researchers found that the number of lawsuits decreased in the Texas hospitals following tort reform. However, they also dropped at the health system's facilities in Louisiana, even though the state does not cap malpractice payments. In the latter, the drop in malpractice claims corresponded with an increase in hospitals' quality scores. Using Medicare measures, the study offers a new metric in the debate over the impact of malpractice on quality. Activists who both support and oppose tort reform offer a jumble of statistics to back their positions. According to a Southern Illinois University School of Medicine study, malpractice liability accounts for 2 percent to 3 percent of all U.S. health costs. At the same time, patients prevail in just 28 percent of cases and attorneys collect 60 percent of all awards. The researchers conclude that "no other study in the literature has quantified the relationships between tort reform, quality improvements, and liability claims in healthcare." Thus, the researchers concluded that hospitals can reduce liability with or without tort reform. The study looked at data from 18 hospitals in Texas and nine in Louisiana, with the sample including a couple of teaching hospitals in each state.
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Silversheet Launches Cost-Saving, Intelligent Credentialing Platform for Healthcare Facilities And Providers
PRNewswire (05/13/15)

Silversheet recently launched a new healthcare administration software platform to transform the way medical facilities and practitioners collaborate and connect.  The firm's intelligent credentialing platform is designed to save time and money industrywide by digitizing documents, automating primary source verifications, and reminding doctors when their credentials are coming due.  The software makes it possible to on-board new physicians in just a few minutes.  It also enables facilities to quickly and easily manage doctor credentials from any connected device. Silversheet safeguards clinics and patients alike by cutting down on the number of administrative errors and quickly bringing facilities into compliance with accreditation standards.
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N.J. Considers Tougher Penalties for Doctors in Sexual Misconduct Cases
NorthJersey.com (07/09/15) Rimbach, Jean

Steve C. Lee, acting director of New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs, has called for a new focus on sexual misconduct by doctors in the state and detailed aggressive plans for change -- plans that include seeking hard-line penalties and ensuring the public can access key information about restrictions placed on physicians. This comes amid lingering questions about Dr. Gangaram Ragi, a Teaneck, N.J., dermatologist who kept his license despite claims he groped at least 12 patients. Lee states, "There is no question that we must make it a priority to focus on the appropriate discipline and public protection in all cases where doctors are accused of violating the public's trust by committing sexual misconduct that affects patients." Ragi retained his license after twice being approved by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office for a program that permitted him to sidestep criminal charges. He continues to practice in Teaneck. However, he is permanently barred from treating females. Lee and his staff have launched a review of how the state Board of Medical Examiners, which licenses and disciplines doctors in New Jersey, responds to allegations of sexual misconduct. While the review is not yet complete, Lee said "it has quickly become apparent" that there are policy changes that can be made now.
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FTC Preparing Guidance for States on Supervising Regulatory Boards
Modern Healthcare (06/17/15) Schencker, Lisa; Evans, Melanie

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning regulating powers of state boards has prompted the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to release guidelines that will clear up any confusion among state officials. The court's ruling said state licensing boards made up of active members of a profession, such as practicing doctors, are not immune from antitrust laws unless they are actively supervised by the state. The question at hand involves the definition of "active supervision." Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion noted that active supervision requires the state supervisor to review the substance of board decisions and to have the power to change decisions to ensure they fit in with state policy. The coming FTC guidelines will allow state officials to know exactly what their roles are and exactly what structure needs to be put in place.
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Tough Choices, Few Options for County Residents
Times-Standard (Calif.) (07/01/15)

California's Humboldt County is in the midst of both a medical staffing shortage and a shortage of open beds in skilled nursing homes. The causes behind at least the staffing shortages are no mystery. Humboldt County facilities have had difficulty attracting medical specialists to come live and work partly because of the remoteness of the region and its lack of diverse and reliable infrastructure.  Complementing this is the shuttering of Humboldt State University's (HSU's) nursing program four years ago that left the burden of regional medical education on the College of the Redwoods.  The editorial staff of the Times-Standard concedes that medical education is an expensive enterprise. "But, as we're now only beginning to see, the hidden costs to living in an area without adequate medical personnel are compounding," they write. "Aren't there going to be growing rural markets for health care professionals across the country as the population ages? Shouldn't HSU and its neighboring communities recognize this crisis as an opportunity?"
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