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March 2017
Hardenbergh Updated June 2016

 

A Word from the President


Welcome to the March issue of NAMSS Gateway. With record breaking attendance and an additional course introduced for the very first time, the 2017 NAMSS Education Summit was our most successful yet! The Education Summit offers Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) the opportunity to receive specialized and targeted education in an area that correlates to their level of experience. Through this event, NAMSS helps foster the next generation of MSPs and transform the current generation into leaders.

If you missed the Education Summit but think it’s time for you to explore another level of your career, I invite you to save the date for the 41st Educational Conference & Exhibition and attend the pre-conference courses. On October 21 and 22 in Colorado Springs, you’ll once again have the opportunity to reach a new horizon in your career and take the courses also offered at the Education Summit in Orlando. In the meantime, I encourage you to take advantage of NAMSS’ online education and get more involved with NAMSS.

Susan DuBois, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS

2017 Membership Renewal
Call for Nominations is Now Open
State-Hosted Live Courses
Individual Leadership Certificate Program Online Modules Now Available
Don’t Miss Education Because You Can’t Make it Live
NAMSS Live Webinar Offerings
Obtain Your CPCS and/or CPMSM Certification in 2017
NAMSS-Branded Apparel Now Available

Industry News

"Interstate Medical License Compact to Make Physicians Practicing in Multiple States Easier: 6 Things to Know"
"Hospital Director Charged With Prescription Drug Fraud"
"Health Care: Hospitals Go to Court to Hire Doctors in Contract Dispute"
"Accreditation Team Keeps Hospital on Track"
"Doctor Convicted of Botched Surgery Gets Life Sentence"
"Texas Ready to Take on New Telemedicine Rules"
"Ky. Advances Bill to Bar Peer Reviews in Med Mal Cases"


News From NAMSS


2017 Membership Renewal

NAMSS Members – Did you remember to renew your NAMSS membership for 2017? Memberships officially expired December 31, 2016, 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!

Log in 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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Call for Nominations is Now Open

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.

NAMSS is seeking exceptional candidates for (1) Secretary-Treasurer position and (3) Director at Large positions. Interested candidates can review nomination information and apply online for a board position. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 28th.

Questions? Please contact the NAMSS Executive Office at (202) 367-1196 or via email at info@namss.org.
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State-Hosted Live Courses

NAMSS members already know the value of NAMSS education…but did you know that you can bring it to your area? We understand that travelling to the Education Summit or Educational Conference may not be realistic for everyone, so we offer the opportunity for state and local chapters to host their own live courses in an easy, cost-effective way. Learn more about hosting courses in your area.
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Individual Leadership Certificate Program Online Modules Now Available

Have you heard? Leadership Certificate Program Online Modules are now available for individual purchase. If you want to explore the program, start with a module that is of most interest to you or will make the most impact at your facility.
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Don’t Miss Education Because You Can’t Make it Live

If you could not attend the 40th Educational Conference & Exhibition or were not available to participate in the Virtual Executive Roundtable live, you do not have to miss these valuable lessons! Recordings are available for both programs and give you an in-depth look at topics that are important to you and your peers. Visit the NAMSS website to purchase recordings and learn more about NAMSS’ online learning experience.
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NAMSS Live Webinar Offerings

NEW! NAMSS will be offering a group of three webinars during the months of March, April and May, which will all focus on different aspects of the Employment of Practitioners. You may still purchase one individual webinar for the standard price $55/75, but we’re now giving you the option of purchasing all three for $115/155!

Sharing Peer Review Information Among Entities: Why, When, and How
Tuesday, March 28, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Speaker: Karen Owens, JD
1.0 CE Credit

Managing Medical Staff Issues in the Age of Employment – Is There a Better Way?
Thursday, April 27, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Speaker: Ian Donaldson
1.0 CE Credit

Employment of Practitioners – The Critical Role Of The Medical Staff Office
Tuesday, May 16, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Speaker: Barbara Blackmond
1.0 CE Credit

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Obtain Your CPCS and/or CPMSM Certification in 2017

Take the next step in your professional career and obtain your certification to show your expertise in the field of healthcare credentialing, governance, law, accreditation, and regulatory compliance. If one of your summer goals is to obtain your CPCS and/or CPMSM certification, apply before Friday, April 7 for the summer testing period, June 3 – June 24, 2017. Looking for more information on certification? Download the Certification Handbook.

Need more time to prepare for the CPCS and/or CPMSM exam? NAMSS will also offer a testing period in Fall 2017.
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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


Interstate Medical License Compact to Make Physicians Practicing in Multiple States Easier: 6 Things to Know
Becker's ASC Review (02/17) Dyrda, Laura

The article's author writes there are six things to know about the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which aims to make it easier for physicians to practice across state lines. One, 18 states enacted laws and five states introduced legislation allowing physicians to take part in the compact as of Jan. 18. Two, a couple of voting representatives from each state sit on the commission, which develops rules and issues advisory opinions. Three, doctors who want to practice in multiple states will designate one state as their principle practice site and choose additional states where they'll seek licensure. Four, the primary state would verify each physician's existing license and provide credentialing information to the commission for physicians to receive licenses in other states. Five, state medical boards will retain authority over physician's practices and can issue disciplinary actions. Finally, the compact allows doctors to have license in the state where a patient is, which can make a big difference for those offering telehealth options across state lines.
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Hospital Director Charged With Prescription Drug Fraud
WESH NewsChannel 2 (Central Florida) (02/09/17) Lowe, Robert

Howard Perch, executive director of Florida Hospital Oceanside in Florida's Volusia County, has been arrested and charged with using doctors' credentials to score drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) alleges that Perch used several hospital doctors' DEA registration numbers to illegally obtain hydrocodone and other controlled substances without the doctors' knowledge or approval. Furthermore, Perch reportedly used family members' personal information to score drugs, including that of his own child. Perch was appointed executive director of Florida Hospital Oceanside in the first quarter of 2015 after having previously served as its executive director of rehabilitation.
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Health Care: Hospitals Go to Court to Hire Doctors in Contract Dispute
Coastal Observer (South Carolina) (03/02/17) Swenson, Charles

In South Carolina, two Georgetown County hospitals face "a catastrophic disruption" in service if they are unable to hire doctors who now work for a third-party management company, according to a suit filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court. The Georgetown Hospital System (GHS) and two physicians have petitioned the court to void non-compete clauses in accords with doctors who work in Waccamaw Community and Georgetown Memorial hospitals. Known as hospitalists, these doctors are employees of Eagle Hospital Physicians and its S.C. Inpatient Medicine Associates subsidiary under agreements dating back to 2006. The hospital system has said it takes at least six months to a year to hire new doctors. After that, it takes at least another three months to finalize all "credentialing paperwork." "Consquently, it will be impossible for GHS to recruit, hire, and replace the hospitalists that are currently providing services [through Eagle]," the suit charges.
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Accreditation Team Keeps Hospital on Track
KMVT Southern Idaho (02/25/17) Souto, Kelsey

In the southern Idaho region, a group of specialists have formed an accreditation team and travel to different hospitals to make sure each facility is in compliance with all established safety standards. "Nobody wants to come to work to do harm, so we provide those practices to make sure that our providers can give the best care and feel good about the care their providing," remarks Trish Heath, Emergency Management. With standards constantly changing, it's important that such accreditation professionals look for ways to improve and adapt. At monthly meetings, Heath and her team exchange ideas with other hospitals and find out what is working and what isn't. "If somebody has a great idea in Treasure Valley, we can come into the Magic Valley and put that into place," concluded Heath.
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Doctor Convicted of Botched Surgery Gets Life Sentence
WFAA.com (02/21/17) Eiserer, Tanya

Late last month, one-time neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch was sentenced to life in prison by a 12-member jury in Texas. The 44-year-old is the first surgeon known to be sentenced to prison for a botched surgery. He was found guilty of injury to an elderly person for the 2012 surgery on Mary Efurd that put her in a wheelchair. Other botched surgeries in which patients were maimed and/or paralyzed have also been credited to Duntsch. Two women, Kellie Martin and Floella Brown, died. Jurors heard from numerous nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals who expressed shock at what they saw Duntsch do during and after those surgeries. "So why didn't he stop?" prosecuting attorney Michelle Shughart asked in open court. "Because of greed. Because he owed people a lot of money. He wanted to live the high life and a neurosurgeon makes big bucks."
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Texas Ready to Take on New Telemedicine Rules
mHealth Intelligence (03/01/17) Wicklund, Eric

A bill recently submitted in Texas could end a years-long battle over the use of telemedicine in the state. The legislation, from Sen. Perry Schwertner (R-Georgetown), sets definitions for telehealth, telemedicine, and store-and-forward technology. The measure would allow clinicians in Texas to use telemedicine to establish a physician-patient relationship. It also removes existing wording that requires a face-to-face meeting between doctor and patient before the doctor can use telemedicine to issue a prescription. Schwertner's bill represents months of negotiations between legislators, doctors' groups, and telehealth proponents. Schwertner's bill states that a physician could establish a relationship with a new patient through a virtual visit involving an audio-video telecommunications platform, or a combination of store-and-forward technology and a phone call if the physician has had prior access to the patient's medical records.
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Ky. Advances Bill to Bar Peer Reviews in Med Mal Cases
Law360 (03/01/17) Kang, Y. Peter

A Kentucky Senate committee recently advanced a bill that would prevent medical malpractice plaintiffs from using hospital peer reviews in lawsuits filed against physicians. In doing so, state legislators are hoping to join other states with similar laws already in place. Dubbed SB 18, the proposed legislation was passed by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and would require that health care institutions not disclose records or findings related to medical malpractice reviews or evaluations of a doctor's credentials, effectively prohibiting their use in civil actions.
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