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June 2017
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A Word from the President


Welcome to the June issue of NAMSS Gateway. I’m excited to invite you to join me in Colorado Springs this October for the 41st Educational Conference & Exhibition! Taking place October 21-25 at the beautiful Broadmoor resort, you can explore the American West while reaching new heights and new horizons in your career. The conference committee is planning a robust program that will allow you to earn up to 32 CE credits and choose from more than 40 sessions presented by experts in the field.

One of my favorite parts about the conference is the opportunity to meet with colleagues from all walks of life. With the introduction of e-Poster Presentations last year, you have a unique opportunity to hear peers present case studies and discuss their creative solutions to everyday problems. I’m especially excited about the Wild West Reception – don’t forget to pack your flannel shirts and cowboy boots! Plus, NAMSS will be making an exciting announcement!

If you’re as excited as I am, register today and join me in Colorado Springs!

Susan DuBois, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS

Earn CE Credit at Your Convenience
Earn Your Leadership Certificate in Colorado Springs
Now Accepting Applications for NAMSS Fellow Designation
National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week Photo Contest Now Open
Show Your MSP Pride Everyday!

Industry News

"Nurse Practitioner Demand Eclipses Doctors as States Lift Hurdles"
"Doctor Depression, Suicide Slowly Coming Out of Shadows"
"Hospitals Nationwide Face Unprecedented Turnover, Report Says"
"Bill on Certification Pits Doctors Against Hospitals"
"Lawmakers OK Bill Boosting Remote Medicine"
"Safe Patient Care Act Proposes Greater Hospital, Nurse Staffing Accountability in Michigan"
"Doctor Credentials: NBC 6 Investigators Discover Issues with Online Advertising"


News From NAMSS


Earn CE Credit at Your Convenience

Are you looking to earn CE credit or demonstrate to your supervisor that you are committed to advancing your skillset? A quick, convenient, and cost-effective way to refresh or explore a new topic, NAMSS webinars may be right for you!

Recorded webinars topics range from improving peer review programs and interpreting conditions of participation to advancing as a medical services professional and identifying depression or suicide red flags among practitioners. View the NAMSS webinar library to find the topic most relevant to you.

Live webinars offer the opportunity to ask specific questions and get expert advice. Join us for the next live webinar:

How to Move Peer Review from Quality Assurance to Performance Improvement
Thursday, July 27, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET (1:00 – 2:00 pm CT)
Dr. Jon Burroughs
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Earn Your Leadership Certificate in Colorado Springs

Just before the 41st Educational Conference & Exhibition, attend the Leadership Certificate Program pre-conference workshop October 21-22 to work on earning your NAMSS Leadership Certificate that demonstrates your leadership skills and commitment to the field. Start your leadership journey now by enrolling in the online modules and registering for the workshop!
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Now Accepting Applications for NAMSS Fellow Designation

The NAMSS Fellow Designation is the pinnacle of achievement and acknowledgment for the Medical Services Professional (MSP), recognizing a career MSP who has made outstanding contributions to the profession through service as a leader, mentor, and educator. The Fellow designation signifies the recognition of knowledge along with service to the organization, NAMSS, and advancement of the profession.

We are excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for NAMSS Fellow Designation. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 24.

For eligibility requirements and information on how to apply please visit the NAMSS website.
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National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week Photo Contest Now Open

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 23, 2017. Please visit our website for more information.
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Show Your MSP Pride Everyday!

Don’t wait until National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week to show your MSP pride, visit the NAMSS Merchandise Shop to order your NAMSS gear today! Wear your NAMSS gear at work to share that you are #ProudToBeAnMSP every day, and use it as a conversation starter about the important role you place in quality healthcare delivery.


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Industry News


Nurse Practitioner Demand Eclipses Doctors as States Lift Hurdles
Forbes (06/04/17) Japsen, Bruce

Demand for nurse practitioners is topping demand for most physicians as states permit direct access to persons who want nurse care, according to the annual assessment from AMN Healthcare's MerrittHawkins subsidiary. Analysis of a database of more than 3,200 searches over 12 months determined nurse practitioners were in the top five most requested searches. The family physician was the most highly recruited doctor for the 11th consecutive year, followed by psychiatrists and internists. Nurse practitioners, which came ahead of more than 15 physician specialties. In addition, the migration to value-based care and population health from fee-for-service medicine is driving more nurse practitioners and physician assistants to cooperate with doctors in team-based situations. "Nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals are going to be a major part of our healthcare delivery stems," predicts MerrittHawkins Senior Vice President Travis Singleton.
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Doctor Depression, Suicide Slowly Coming Out of Shadows
Chicago Tribune (06/06/17) Thayer, Kate

According to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, male doctors are nearly 1.5 times more likely to take their lives than non-physicians. For female physicians, the disparity is even greater. Experts estimate that between 300 and 400 doctors in the United States commit suicide every year. Contributing factors include the long work hours, high expectations, and regular exposure to life-and-death situations. The impact is often felt early on, with many doctors first reporting depression during their medical school years where competition is fierce and many accrue significant debt. The American Medical Association has termed physician burnout a public health issue and has publicly called on state medical boards to place greater emphasis on applicants' current mental state. The association has also called on medical schools to establish mental health awareness and confidential screening programs.
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Hospitals Nationwide Face Unprecedented Turnover, Report Says
FierceHealthcare (05/11/17) MacDonald, Ilene

A new study conducted by Leaders for Today, a national healthcare staffing firm, found that hospitals face unprecedented turnover, especially among clinical administrators, physicians, nurses, and members of the C-suite. According to the research, hospitals are on pace to require replacing almost 50 percent of their staff every five years. The problem is only made worse because of the looming retirements of Baby Boomers, meaning that the industry will lose staff with valuable experience and skill sets not easily replaced. Titled "The Other Elephant in the Hospital Room," the report is based on the responses of a nationwide survey conducted in April of over 850 hospital personnel. The report found that almost 43 percent of respondents have been with their current hospitals for less than two years and nearly 69 percent expect to leave their organization within five years.
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Bill on Certification Pits Doctors Against Hospitals
Texas Tribune (05/23/17) Mansoor, Sanya

Currently, physicians in Texas are required to undergo the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, which tests them on medical knowledge and practice every five to 10 years, to maintain their certification with national certification boards. Senate Bill 1148, which reached the Texas House floor late last month, would ban the Texas Medical Board from using the program as a requirement for physicians to obtain or renew their medical license. In addition, it would bar hospitals and health plans from differentiating between physicians who have undergone the process and those who haven't in matters related to workforce selection, payment, contracting or credentialing. Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), the bill's author, is a practicing physician. The Texas Medical Association, which represents over 50,000 physicians and medical students, supports the bill and views the tests as an unnecessary overregulation of medicine.
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Lawmakers OK Bill Boosting Remote Medicine
The Commons (VT) (05/24/17) Faher, Mike

Lawmakers have approved a bill to expand the use of telemedicine in Vermont and require all insurers to reimburse for such services. Sen. Debbie Ingram (D-Chittenden), who introduced S. 50 earlier this year, said a key factor behind the bill was "giving people greater access to specialists in regions where they are scarce." The legislation requires that all insurers, including Medicaid, cover telemedicine services to the same extent as they would in-person services. The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems endorsed the bill, and Ingram noted it was also backed by the state's two main insurance providers, BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont and MVP. In its final version, the bill offers a broad definition of a healthcare provider who can practice telemedicine, which Ingram believes will allow more flexibility for future types of telemedicine practices. It also permits a telemedicine patient to receive care from home or another non-medical location. Some believe telemedicine might even help address physician-recruitment problems.
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Safe Patient Care Act Proposes Greater Hospital, Nurse Staffing Accountability in Michigan
Michigan Peninsula News (05/24/17)

In Michigan, bills recently proposed by a mix of state representatives and senators from both parties call for changes to registered nurse (RN) policies in hospitals and seek greater transparency about their staffing levels. Understaffing is the big worry in all cases, as reported by independent polls taken in 2016 that found a whopping 86 percent of Michigan RNs claiming patient care was being negatively impacted because of workload. Most disturbingly, 22 percent reported knowledge of patients dying as a direct result of staffing shortages. Michigan Nurses Association President John Armelagos remarks, "A law requiring safe RN staffing levels is urgently needed, considering that patient harm in hospitals is now the third leading cause of death in America." He adds that the package can be divided into three parts: requiring safe RN staffing levels, limiting forced overtime for RNs and addressing hospital disclosure of RN-to-patient data.
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Doctor Credentials: NBC 6 Investigators Discover Issues with Online Advertising
NBC6.net (FL) (06/01/17) Krauth, Dan

South Florida is one of the top spots for plastic surgery in the United States, and patients often learn about such doctors via online ads and websites. However, the NBC 6 Investigators found outright deception when it comes to some doctors' online credentials. The NBC 6 Investigators have reported on the plastic surgery complications involving three women -- Heather Meadows, Shabriya Hill, and Crystal Call -- all of whom went to a doctor who, at the time of their botched procedures, was described as a "board certified MD" online. But Dr. James McAdoo is not an MD. He's actually an osteopathic physician with different training from different certifying boards. State rules mandate that physicians include a disclaimer on any advertising that lists board certification from a board that is not recognized in the Sunshine State. That disclaimer reads: "The specialty recognition identified herein has been received from a private organization not affiliated with or recognized by the Florida Board of Medicine."
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