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March 2016
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A Word from the President


Welcome to the March issue of Gateway! I am sure that many of you are just as excited as I am to officially welcome spring in just a few weeks. As the season of renewal, this month is also the perfect time to renew your NAMSS Membership if you have not done so already. A NAMSS Membership continues to be the best source of access to a network of over 5,500 Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) nationwide, valuable education, and industry news and updates. It also allows us to continue creating and providing opportunities to advance your career through certification programs, leadership recognition, grass-root support of healthcare policy reform, and many other initiatives.

Log in today to renew your membership quickly and securely. Need a paper invoice? Simply login to the website, navigate to the "My Profile" page under the Membership tab, and click on your dues invoice. Print the invoice and submit it to your facility for a check. Contact info@namss.org for assistance.

Bonnie Gutierrez, BHA, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS
NAMSS Members – Renew by March 31!
Apply Now to Be a NAMSS Fellow
Call for Nominations
Start Saving for NAMSS’ Newest Education Programs!
Social Corner

Industry News
"Physicians, Ambulatory Sites Lead Healthcare Hiring in February"
"Hospital Mortality Drops With Lower Patient-to-Nurse Ratio"
"7 Key Findings on Physician Placement"
"Anesthesiologist Faces Up to 70 Years in Prison for Billing Scheme"
"House Lowers Proposed Increase to State's Cap on Medical Malpractice Claims"


News From NAMSS


NAMSS Members – Renew by March 31!

NAMSS Members: Have you renewed your NAMSS Membership? If not, there is still time to maintain your member benefits! Click here to renew online (you will need your member login handy). Renewing today ensures you remain a part of a network of over 5,500 MSPs, earn valuable education at a discount, and maintain access to valuable resources, like SYNERGY. Renewal invoices are due March 31, 2016.

Paper Invoices: To obtain a paper invoice, simply login to the website, navigate to the "My Profile" page under the Membership tab, and click on your dues invoice. Print the invoice and submit it to your facility for a check. You should have also received an invoice in the mail.
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Apply Now to Be a NAMSS Fellow

The NAMSS Fellow Designation is the highest level 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.

Applicants must be a member of NAMSS for at least the past five consecutive years, have dual certification (CPCS and CPMSM), a history clear of ethics violations, 15 years of documented Medical Services Professional experience and have made contributions to NAMSS and to the Medical Services Profession.

To view the complete eligibility requirements and to apply to be a NAMSS Fellow, click here. The deadline to apply is March 31.
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Call for Nominations

Are you interested in taking your involvement with NAMSS to the next level? This spring, NAMSS is looking for talented and driven individuals to comprise the next generation of NAMSS leaders. The Call for Board Nominations will open March 21st. The deadline to apply will be April 22nd. Visit the NAMSS website for more info!
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Start Saving for NAMSS’ Newest Education Programs!

In the coming months, NAMSS will launch two new education programs designed to develop leaders within the medical services profession: the Leadership Certificate Program and the Virtual Executive Roundtables. Additional details will be available on the NAMSS website this spring.

Leadership Certificate Program: Online modules cost $949 for members and $1,849 for non-members; live courses cost $533 for members ($583 after the early bird deadline) and $633 for non-members ($683 after the early bird deadline).

Virtual Executive Roundtables: Online modules cost $495 for members and $595 for non-members.

Make sure to budget for these exciting programs set to launch in early summer!
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Social Corner

Are you a member of the NAMSS LinkedIn Group? Get instant access to education, networking, mentoring, and new job opportunities by joining today! While you’re at it, be sure to follow the NAMSS LinkedIn page, and ‘Like’ the NAMSS Facebook page!

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Industry News


Physicians, Ambulatory Sites Lead Healthcare Hiring in February
Modern Healthcare (03/04/16) Herman, Bob

While hospitals have been the engines of job growth in the healthcare sector for much of the last year, physicians' offices and outpatient centers hired more people during February. Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, hospitals added 10,600 jobs nationwide. By comparison, ambulatory healthcare settings -- including physician practices and dentist offices -- hired 23,600 people. Hiring increased across every ambulatory subgroup, with the exception of medical and diagnostic labs. Employment at home health agencies rose by 7,100 and at doctors' offices by 7,500. The healthcare profession has been emphasizing outpatient care due to the fact that it costs less than hospitals, reflects preventive instead of reactive measures, and brings care closer to where many patients actually live.
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Hospital Mortality Drops With Lower Patient-to-Nurse Ratio
United Press International (02/10/16) Feller, Stephen

Hospitals with more registered nurses and doctors per bed can reduce patient death by as much as 20 percent, University of Southampton researchers found in a recent study. Having more nurses and doctors overall is not enough, as members of the research team found having more unregistered nurses increased the death rate at hospitals. "Staffing decisions need to be made on the basis of patient safety, not on the basis of finance, "Jane Ball, a research fellow at the Karolinska Institutet, remarked, "Current policies geared towards substituting [these] workers for registered nurses should be reviewed." The study found death rates were 20 percent lower when nurses are responsible for a half-dozen or fewer patients, as compared to nurses responsible for 10 or more patients.
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7 Key Findings on Physician Placement
Becker's Hospital Review (02/24/16) Rappleye, Emily

The Medicus Firm tracks annual hiring trends based on hundreds of placements at over 250 hospitals and health systems. The article's author lists seven of its findings on physician and clinician placement for this past year. One, primary care was the most placed specialty in 2015, although the percentage of primary care placements did decline about 3 percentage points from the year before. Two, researchers found that an overwhelming majority of doctors chose employment over private practice out of necessity. Three, for the first time since The Medicus Firm began conducting such research, urban and metro areas had higher placement and hiring activity than mid-sized or rural communities. Four, the average signing and relocation bonus increased last year, even as the percentage of placements who received bonuses fell to 68 percent from 74 percent in 2014. Five, the upward trend of non-physician advanced practice clinician placement continued in 2015. Six, DO placements also increased from January through December, with osteopathic placements up to 11.7 percent. Finally, The Medicus Firm noted an upward trend of placing American medical graduates over international ones.
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Anesthesiologist Faces Up to 70 Years in Prison for Billing Scheme
Outpatient Surgery (03/07/16)

Dallas-based anesthesiologist Dr. Richard Ferdinand Toussaint Jr., was convicted earlier this month of fraud in federal court. A jury found Toussaint guilty of running a scheme that defrauded several large insurance firms, including Aetna and United Healthcare, by billing for medical supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) when he was not actually present for the procedures. In total, he submitted more than $10 million worth of bogus claims, including one that said he was supervising CRNAs while he was, in fact, under anesthesia himself. In addition, Toussaint claimed that procedures took longer than they actually did and pre-signed patients' medical records representing the services were provided prior to the procedures even taking place, according to prosecutors. Toussaint personally provided the anesthesia services and through Ascendant Anesthesia, a company he founded, between 2009 and 2010. The group has since cut ties with Toussaint.
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House Lowers Proposed Increase to State's Cap on Medical Malpractice Claims
Indianapolis Star (03/02/16) Schneider, Chelsea; Cook, Tony

Earlier this month, Indiana's House of Representative reduced a proposed increase to the cap the state places on medical malpractice damages -- an issue state legislators are trying to settle in the waning days of the current legislative session. The GOP-majority House, which changed Senate Bill 28 to eventually raise the cap to $1.8 million in 2019, removed any further increases to the limit. The action constituted a step back from a version approved Feb. 29 that would have gradually increased the cap to $2.25 million by 2031. A bill that would have hiked the state's cap and adjusted it to inflation stalled earlier in the current session.
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