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June 2016
Hardenbergh Updated June 2016
Greeley June 2016

A Word from the President


Welcome to the June issue of NAMSS Gateway. I’m excited to announce the official launch of the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program! Now open for enrollment, this program is intended for proven leaders in the industry to expand upon the experiences and skills you’ve gained in your career in order to optimize your leadership capacity. The Leadership Certificate Program offers opportunities to enhance your competencies in critical areas such as project management, negotiation, mediation, decision making, and corporate responsibility and compliance—plus, the opportunity to earn a total of 24 CE credits. The unique format – a combination of online modules and an in-person course – allows learners to complete the program in a way that is convenient yet engaging. Register now to complete the online modules and join us at the 40th Educational Conference and Exhibition for the first presentation of the in-person course.

If you are dedicated to making a positive change in your workplace and growing as a professional, I invite you to enroll in this career-transforming program today.

Bonnie Gutierrez, BHA, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS
Register for the NAMSS 40th Educational Conference by July 15th to Receive the Early Bird Rate
NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program Online Modules are Now Available
NAMSS Live Webinars
Submit Your National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week Photo Contest Entry by June 17
Not a Member of NAMSS? Extended Membership Rates Coming Soon!
Social Corner

Industry News
"California Senate Nixes Bill Requiring Disclosures From Doctors With Record of Serious Infractions"
"Texas Woman Accused of Using Chicago Doctor's Credentials"
"Spotlight on Medical Errors Evokes Stakeholders' Involvement"
"Bill to Stop Opioid 'Doctor-Shopping' Moves Ahead in Legislature"
"Hospital Sues Staffing Firm Over Hepatitis C Outbreak"
"Nurses, Supporters Rally in Capitol for Hospital Staffing Legislation"


News From NAMSS


Register for the NAMSS 40th Educational Conference by July 15th to Receive the Early Bird Rate



Join NAMSS in Boston, Massachusetts from September 17-21, 2016 for the 40th Educational Conference and Exhibition. This year’s conference is packed with education and networking opportunities that will enhance your role as a Medical Services Professional and help you grow as a leader.

Register now to receive the discounted early bird rate! Once you have registered for the conference, don’t forget to book your hotel accommodations at our headquarters hotel, the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
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NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program Online Modules are Now Available

The wait is over - online modules for the highly-anticipated Leadership Certificate Program are now live! Designed for certified Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) looking to serve as leaders within their department and industry, the Leadership Certificate Program combines both online and in-person courses to teach new and improve existing leadership skills. Click here for more information and to access the online modules, and don’t forget to register for the in-person course taking place at the NAMSS 40th Educational Conference.
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NAMSS Live Webinars

NAMSS PASS Webinar – Patient Safety: The Critical Role of NAMSS PASS
Next Date: Tuesday, June 21
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
CE Credit: 1.0

This webinar focuses 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 place their patients and facilities at risk. This important webinar covers the critical role of how NAMSS PASS addresses this issue.

Click here to register for this date or for a future date.

Medical Staff Implications of CINS: Credentialing and More
Date: Thursday, July 21
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CT)
Speakers: Brian C. Betner, Kim Harvey Looney and Carmen Pena
Cost: Member: $75; Non-member: $95
CE Credit: 1.5

At the end of these presentations, participants will understand:
  • What is the relationship between a hospital-affiliated CIN and the hospital Medical Staff?;
  • Use of a CVO within a system for Medical Staff(s) and CIN;
  • Peer review privilege and confidentiality–how to reconcile with CIN data transparency, quality metrics for internal and external purposes;
  • Due process and applicable immunities; and
  • Network Selectivity–balancing payer needs and expectations, practitioner expectation
Click here to register now!
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Submit Your National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week Photo Contest Entry by June 17

NAMSS invites you to submit a photo that celebrates medical staff and credentialing services professionals in the healthcare community. This is your opportunity to represent the profession to others in our facilities and within our communities. NAMSS will select one photo to display on this year’s National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week poster, which will be included in Synergy and available to download online. The submission deadline is Friday, June 17, 2016. Learn more online.
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Not a Member of NAMSS? Extended Membership Rates Coming Soon!

Are you currently an MSP who is utilizing NAMSS resources but hasn’t taken the step to become a member? Take advantage of extended membership packages this July! Beginning July 1, 2016, join NAMSS for 18 months and gain access to all of NAMSS’ members-only resources and member rates until December 31, 2017.

If you’re considering becoming certified, are interested in an upcoming webinar, or are planning to attend a NAMSS Educational Conference & Exhibition, membership could be the right fit for you. By joining this July, you’ll ensure that you receive the member rates for the rest of 2016 AND all of 2017. Plus, you’ll receive NAMSS’ bi-monthly industry publication, Synergy, and gain access to a network of over 5,600 colleagues around the country. Visit the NAMSS website in July to join NAMSS!
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Social Corner

Put your best face forward! We know LinkedIn is often your first impression— professional headshots will once again be offered at the 40th Educational Conference and Exhibition, free of charge. Make sure you follow NAMSS on LinkedIn to ensure you’re staying on top of industry trends and updates.

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Industry News


California Senate Nixes Bill Requiring Disclosures From Doctors With Record of Serious Infractions
Healthcare Finance News (06/07/16)

The California Senate this month rejected legislation that would have mandated medical practitioners to notify their patients if they were on probation for serious infractions. The bill's opponents, which included the California Medical Association, had contended that, as written, it would undermine doctors' rights to due process. They said it would have amounted to a de facto suspension by severely restricting their ability to practice, adding that information about doctors' offenses is already available on the Internet. The state Senate Wednesday voted 15-13 in favor of the bill. But that was well short of the 21 votes needed to pass it. The governing body then unanimously approved a motion allowing the proposal to be amended and brought up for another vote. Its sponsor, Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), could reintroduce the measure in the next legislative session, which starts in early December.
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Texas Woman Accused of Using Chicago Doctor's Credentials
Associated Press (05/14/16)

Katinka Hunter, also known as Catharina Hunter, was arrested last month for allegedly using the credentials of a Chicago-based physician to practice medicine in Kendall County, Texas. The Boerne Police Department took the woman into custody and charged her with practicing medicine in violation of subtitle and forgery. Lt. Steve Perez says the Chicago-based physician, whos name was not given in the article, contacted authorities to report someone was using her credentials to write prescriptions. Officers discovered that neither of the names Hunter had used was listed on the Texas Medical Board or the Texas Physician Assistant Board. According to authorities, Hunter worked at the Hope of Life Alternative Treatment Center and was linked to H2L Medical and Aesthetic Center LLC.
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Spotlight on Medical Errors Evokes Stakeholders' Involvement
Healthcare Dive (06/04/16) Flanagan, Nina

A recent study in the BMJ ranks medical error as the third leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 251,000 deaths every year, just behind heart disease and cancer. The study's authors concluded that medical error-related deaths are not being properly documented on death certificates because of limited ICD-10 codes. "There are only a few codes where the role of error can be inferred," they noted. Among the top medical errors are medication errors; hospital-acquired infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; catheter-associated urinary tract infections; bed sores to blood clots; and surgical-site infections. Among the areas that many experts agree needs to improve is the culture of safety. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is providing tools for hospitals to establish such a culture, ranging from the customizable TeamSTEPPS communications training program for clinicians to a Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture that examines the issue from a staff perspective.
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Bill to Stop Opioid 'Doctor-Shopping' Moves Ahead in Legislature
MPR News (05/17/16) Collins, Jon

A bill that would tighten Minnesota's Prescription Monitoring Program by requiring doctors to sign up for credentials to log into the system passed both houses of the state Legislature last month. While the legislation would require all physicians, pharmacists, and dentists to have credentials to log into the system, it still does not require them to check a patient's record when prescribing controlled substances. The state's monitoring program, which has been in place for the past six years, reported in March that less than 33 percent of eligible doctors had accounts with the program. Dr. David Thorson, president of the Minnesota Medical Association, said his group has been supportive of requiring all doctors to register for the program, but added that it remains unclear whether mandating use of the programs -- as some states have -- would reduce drug diversion.
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Hospital Sues Staffing Firm Over Hepatitis C Outbreak
Associated Press (05/22/16)

Exeter Hospital has filed another lawsuit in hopes of getting others to pay for settlements the New Hampshire hospital reached after a traveling medical technician infected patients with hepatitis C. David Kwiatkowski is serving 39 years in prison for stealing opioids and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. Since his arrest in 2012, 46 people in four states have been diagnosed with the same strain of the hepatitis C virus he carries. In addition to settling dozens of lawsuits with infected patients, Exeter Hospital also paid settlements to 188 people who were not infected, but claimed some harm from the outbreak. The hospital's lawsuit against a medical staffing firm and an accreditation organization is scheduled for trial next year. Earlier this month, it filed a new lawsuit against an organization that connects hospitals to staffing firms. The hospital claims that the American HealthCare Services Association knew or should have known that Kwiatkowski was unfit for continued employment and had a duty to properly screen, supervise and investigate his drug theft and use. The lawsuit seeks to force the association to help pay for the settlements with those who tested negative for hepatitis C.
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Nurses, Supporters Rally in Capitol for Hospital Staffing Legislation
Cumberland Sentinel (PA) (05/10/16)

Last month, hundreds of nurses and other caregivers from communities throughout Pennsylvania were joined by supporters and elected officials in the state Capitol Rotunda where they called for legislation aimed at improving staffing levels, delivery of care, and transparency in hospital nurse staffing reporting. Senate Bill 1081 would create a public reporting system for nurse staffing in hospitals and other acute care facilities. It aims to improve patient safety and give patients and their families information when it comes to potentially life-saving medical care. "Studies have shown time and time again that nurse staffing levels in our hospitals are directly linked to patient outcomes," said Registered Nurse Deborah Bonn, director of the Nurse Alliance of SEIU Pennsylvania. "Pennsylvania hospitals are currently under no federal or state requirement to reveal those staffing levels to officials or the public."
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