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January 2018
Hardenbergh December 2017
Greeley September 2017

A Word from the President


Welcome to the first 2018 issue of NAMSS Gateway. As we ring in the new year, I am very excited for the many opportunities we have to impact the medical services profession this year! 2017 was a great year for NAMSS. Our 41st Educational Conference and Exhibition was a huge success, helping attendees reach new heights in their careers through exceptional education led by industry leaders. We also celebrated #MSPWeek where industry professionals came together to promote the importance of MSP’s and their role in patient safety. Many members of the NAMSS community went to Twitter and Facebook, sharing stories and photos, expressing their favorite part of being a medical services professional. NAMSS appreciates all of your hard work, as we strive to support MSPs, our members, and improve the healthcare industry.

From all of us at NAMSS, happy new year! I looking forward to meeting and working with many you at our upcoming events.

Sincerely,

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

NAMSS Welcomes New Committee Chairs and Members
2018 Membership Dues Renewal
NAMSS 2018 Education Summit
Register Now for the Spring 2018 Exam
NAMSS Live Webinars
Check out the NAMSS Career Center
NAMSS-Branded Apparel Now Available

Industry News

"U.S. Physician Workforce Is Getting Old, Fast"
"Plastic Surgery Deaths Highlight Need for Specialty Board Certification"
"Lawsuit: Duke, UNC Agreed to Not Hire Each Other's Doctors"
"New Accreditation Approach Could Curtail Growth of Micro-Hospitals"
"Doctor Faces Charges Over Opioid Prescriptions and 5 Patient Deaths"
"VA Hospitals Have Been Hiring Medical Professionals With Revoked Licenses Since 2002"
"Florida Hospitals Call for More Funding in Effort to Address Looming Doctor Shortage"


News From NAMSS


NAMSS Welcomes New Committee Chairs and Members

NAMSS is excited to welcome new committee members in 2018, and we thank those who are continuing to serve. Each of these individuals embody traits and skill-sets of integrity, responsibility, respect, and a positive attitude that moves and guides NAMSS forward to best serve you and our industry.

Click here to meet your volunteer leaders for 2018!
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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!

Renew by the end of January and receive a gift from NAMSS – a coupon to use for a complimentary session recording from the 41st Educational Conference, worth 1.5 CE credits!

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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NAMSS 2018 Education Summit

Don’t miss your chance to save! Register for the NAMSS 2018 Education Summit by February 5 to save $50 on registration. Taking place March 23- 24, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida, the Summit gives attendees the opportunity to network with fellow MSPs and benefit from high-quality educational workshops related to credentialing and leadership, including the Leadership Certificate Program In-Person Course.
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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.

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NAMSS Live Webinars

The Changing Hospital and Health Care System Landscape
Monday, January 29, 1:00 – 2: 00 pm ET

This webinar has been approved for 1.0 CE Credits.

This program will give an overview of the state of health care systems in the US today, with a focus on what AHA is doing in this arena. Participants will gain tips and guidance on navigating being a part of new or changing health care systems.
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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


U.S. Physician Workforce Is Getting Old, Fast
HealthLeaders Media (12/28/17) Commins, John

A Merritt Hawkins study found 43 percent of all physicians are at least 55 years old, with specialists on average older than primary care doctors. "The notion that we should be training more primary care physicians while maintaining or reducing the supply of specialists is a grave miscalculation," warns Merritt Hawkins President Mark Smith. "We should be training more of both types of physicians." Seniors 65 and up account for 34 percent of inpatient procedures and 37.4 percent of diagnostic treatments and tests. "It is primarily specialists, such as cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, rheumatologists, pulmonologists, vascular surgeons and many others, who care for the declining health and organ systems of [seniors]," Smith notes. "A growing number will be needed as the population ages." The study estimates that the time it takes to schedule appointments with medical specialists has risen significantly since 2014.
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Plastic Surgery Deaths Highlight Need for Specialty Board Certification
Florida Politics (12/19/17) Schorsch, Peter

Not all doctors are trained to perform all operations, which makes board certification a necessary precondition for any specialized medical procedure. This is especially true with regards to cosmetic surgery. With an alarming increase in potentially deadly, yet popular cosmetic surgeries performed by uncertified practitioners, public health officials are urging extra caution prior to undergoing procedures such as liposuction and the so-called "Brazilian butt lift" (or BBL). Almost 18,500 BBLs were performed in 2016, the American Society of Plastic Surgery reports, ranking it as the sixth most popular plastic surgery procedure in the country. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is considered the leading not-for-profit organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. ABMS sets standards for its 24 member boards for education and professional evaluation, assessment, and certification of physician specialists. Becoming board certified often entails earning a degree from an accredited medical school, followed by participation in a three- to five-year full-time residency program sanctioned by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
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Lawsuit: Duke, UNC Agreed to Not Hire Each Other's Doctors
ABC News (01/05/18) Dalesio, Emery P.

A federal lawsuit charges Duke University and the University of North Carolina with agreeing not to compete for highly skilled medical workers. The anti-trust complaint by a former Duke radiologist accuses the two schools just 10 miles apart of secretly colluding to avoid poaching each other's professors. If Dr. Danielle Seaman's attorneys succeed in convincing U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles to make it a class action, thousands of faculty members, doctors, nurses and other professionals could be impacted. Seaman's lawyers wrote: "The intended and actual effect of this agreement is to suppress employee compensation and to impose unlawful restrictions on employee mobility." Eagles will have to decide whether Seaman's complaint should include all skilled medical workers employed between 2012 and 2017 at Duke's medical school, the Duke University Health System, UNC-Chapel Hill's med school and the University of North Carolina Health Care System. She could approve a smaller class instead, limiting the litigation to faculty members and medical doctors.
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New Accreditation Approach Could Curtail Growth of Micro-Hospitals
Modern Healthcare (12/16/17) Dickson, Virgil

Micro-hospitals could take a hit thanks to new CMS guidance that has accreditors tweaking their policies concerning what counts as a hospital. These small-scale, inpatient facilities generally have eight to 15 short-stay beds and perform many of the acute-care and emergency services done at larger hospitals. But they are less costly to operate. Micro-hospitals are now in 19 states, located primarily in underserved urban locations or areas farther away from large hospitals. The Joint Commission, the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, and DNV have announced they won't conduct surveys at facilities without at least two active inpatients. To receive Medicare payments, the CMS requires hospitals to be accredited. The organizations announced they are making the policy change in response to an under-the-radar guidance the CMS issued this past fall, which states that a hospital must have two inpatients at the time of survey so surveyors can directly observe the actual care to inpatient beneficiaries.
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Doctor Faces Charges Over Opioid Prescriptions and 5 Patient Deaths
CNN (12/22/17) Park, Madison; del Valle, Lauren

A Pennsylvania doctor charged with causing the deaths of five patients between 2013 and 2015 by unlawfully prescribing opioids surrendered his license to prescribe controlled substances at a federal court hearing late last month. U.S. Justice Department prosecutors allege that Dr. Raymond Kraynak prescribed approximately 3 million doses of opioids from January 2016 to July 2017. The 60-year-old now awaits trial at a date yet to be determined. In addition to causing the five deaths by unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances to them, prosecutors allege that Kraynak prescribed opioids "without a legitimate medical purpose" between 2005 and 2016 and "without conducting a proper medical examination." He is accused of failing to verify patients' medical complaints adequately and patients' risk of abuse prior to prescribing the drugs.
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VA Hospitals Have Been Hiring Medical Professionals With Revoked Licenses Since 2002
New York Daily News (12/21/18) Cullen, Terence

For the past 15 years, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has permitted its local hospitals to hire doctors whose medical licenses were revoked, according to a new report. The agency has come under criticism recently for hiring doctors with malpractice claims or licenses that had been pulled, with a 1999 federal law banning the department from hiring physicians who have lost their license in a state. However, guidelines in place since 2002 tell VA hiring officials at its hospitals to give "prior consideration of all relevant facts surrounding" any discipline, USA Today stated in a report late last month. VA Secretary David Shulkin has decided to launch a full review of the VA's hiring policies. Congressional legislators from both parties have called on the VA to review its practices.
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Florida Hospitals Call for More Funding in Effort to Address Looming Doctor Shortage
Tampa Bay Times (12/13/17) Griffin, Justine

According to a second annual report by the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida and the Teaching Hospital Council of Florida, the number of doctors practicing in the Sunshine State has not kept up with the state's surging population growth. More money is needed to recruit and keep them here, the research concluded. The shortage was found to be especially acute in four specialty areas: urology, thoracic surgery, nephrology and ophthalmology. The alliance is comprised of 14 hospitals, including Tampa General Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children's in St. Petersburg. In addition to gaps in the specialty areas, the study noted a "severe shortage" of primary care doctors in Southwest Florida -- an area extending from Naples to Sarasota. "The shortage of doctors presents a threat to the health security of the state," concluded Steve Sonenreich, president and CEO of Mount Sinai Medical Center in the Miami area.
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