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A Word from the President


Welcome to the May issue of NAMSS Gateway. After much anticipation, I’m excited to invite you to join me at the 40th Educational Conference and Exhibition, taking place September 17-21 in Boston, Massachusetts! This year marks 40 years of great education and quality networking and our theme, Leadership in Action: Optimizing Defining Moments, celebrates what the NAMSS Educational Conference and Exhibition has always been about – sharing individual stories in order to advance the overall healthcare environment.

I encourage you to not only attend, but to take an active role at this year’s conference! Network with your colleagues and create new connections within the industry through social events, such as the Ribbon Cutting and Exhibit Hall Opening, Business Luncheon, and Dine Around activities. Enhance your leadership skills through education and Exhibit Hall activities that will help you identify your personal path to leadership. Or submit an e-Poster abstract to share your experiences with your peers.

I can’t wait to hear your story this September in Boston, Massachusetts!

Bonnie Gutierrez, BHA, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS
Registration for the NAMSS 40th Educational Conference is Now Open
Live Webinars
National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week Photo Contest
Submit a Nomination for the NAMSS Hall of Fame Program
Scholarship Applications Now Available
Share Your Story with a NAMSS e-Poster Submission
NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program
Social Corner

Industry News
"FDA Panel Urges Mandatory Opioid Training for Doctors"
"Pledge to Keep Surgeons Current on High-Risk Surgeries Goes Largely Unanswered"
"National Groups Weigh in on Surgeon's Legal Drama"
"Bill Aims to Ease Hospital Hiring Restrictions to Boost Rural Docs"
"Owner of Ontario Addiction Centre Accused of Hiring Fake Doctors Charged With Fraud"
"How Temporary Physicians May Buoy the Nation's Physician Shortage"


News From NAMSS


Registration for the NAMSS 40th Educational Conference is Now Open



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. Onsite you can:
  • Participate in in-depth workshops
  • Earn CE credit
  • Explore the latest technology and services
  • Network with your peers and create new connections
  • Take time to explore Boston
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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Live Webinars

NAMSS PASS Webinar – Patient Safety: The Critical Role of NAMSS PASS
Next Date: Wednesday, May 18
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.

Managing the Disruptive Physician: How to Address Unprofessional Conduct in the Hospital Setting
Date: Thursday, June 23
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CT)
Speakers: Colleen McMahon and Nili Yolin
Cost: Member: $55; Non-member: $75
CE Credit: 1.5

Intimidating and disruptive behavior can foster medical errors, contribute to poor patient satisfaction, and compromise staff morale. Safety and quality of patient care is dependent on communication and a collaborative work environment. To assure quality and to promote a culture of safety, a hospital must address the problem of behavior that threatens the performance of the health care team. We will discuss best practices for doing that. Hospitals must take action, first by adopting appropriate policies and procedures, and then by strictly adhering to them. Accreditation agencies such as the Joint Commission and ACGME have useful guidance for creating policies that include mechanisms for documentation, early intervention, careful follow-up and monitoring, and, if all else fails, disciplinary action and NPDB reporting.

Click here to register now!
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National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week Photo Contest

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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Submit a Nomination for the NAMSS Hall of Fame Program

This prestigious award was created to honor Medical Service Professionals (MSPs) who have demonstrated characteristics of enthusiasm, passion, dedication, and commitment to the profession. These individuals have advocated for excellence and made outstanding contributions and/or significant strides in the medical services profession of health care.

Eligibility
  • No longer working full-time in the health care industry or a profession allied to the health care industry
  • Minimum 25 years in the profession as an MSP
  • Past or current member of NAMSS
  • Past or current CPCS and/or CPMSM certification
  • Not employed by or under contract with NAMSS
Do you know a deserving MSP who has made significant contributions to NAMSS and the industry over the course of his/her career? Nominate them for the NAMSS Hall of Fame Program today!
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Scholarship Applications Now Available

NAMSS is now accepting applications for the following scholarships:

  • Charlotte Cochrane Scholarship – provides financial assistance to an active member of NAMSS and is to be applied toward an accredited program of study
  • Aspire Higher Scholarship - provides financial assistance to an active member of NAMSS and is to be applied toward an accredited program of study
  • The NAMSS Scholarship Fund – includes opportunities for NAMSS members to attend the National Conference and Exhibition and state/local conference or to participate in other continuing education
Applications for all scholarships are due by June 15, 2016 (or December 15, 2016 for state/local events taking place January 16, 2017 – July 15, 2016). Click here for more information or to download the application!
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Share Your Story with a NAMSS e-Poster Submission

The NAMSS Conference Committee is excited to continue the e-Poster initiative at the NAMSS 40th Educational Conference & Exhibition. This year's conference theme, "Leadership in Action: Optimizing Defining Moments," will also serve as the main theme for the e-Poster presentations, and submissions on a wide variety of related topics are welcome. All MSPs are encouraged to submit an e-Poster abstract and share your story of your “Defining Moment.” The submission deadline is Friday, June 3, 2016. For the full details on the submission process, please click here.
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NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program

NAMSS is gearing up for the launch of its newest education offering – the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program! This dual-platform curriculum, comprised of online modules and a live course, is designed for certified MSPs who are ready to take the next step towards leadership.

Online modules will include: Introduction to the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program, Project Management and Leadership, Corporate Responsibility and Compliance, Cultivating Leaders from Within, Financial Leadership & Decision Making, Becoming a More Effective Negotiator (part 1 of 2), Leading a Team: Core Concepts for Success (part 1 of 2), and Leadership in the Current Healthcare Environment.

The live course, which takes place at the NAMSS 40th Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition, will include: Team Leadership Skills (Part 2 of 2), Negotiation Skills (Part 2 of 2), Critical Thinking, and Communication Skills.

Stay tuned, more information on the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program will be available in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, be sure to reserve your spot by signing up here or sending an email to education@namss.org!
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Social Corner

Did you know the NAMSS LinkedIn group has almost 5,000 members? Members of the group post frequently with articles they’ve found relevant, tips they want to share, and questions or dilemmas they could use your help with. Join the discussion today to make lifelong connections.

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Industry News


FDA Panel Urges Mandatory Opioid Training for Doctors
Wall Street Journal (05/05/16) P. A3 Burton, Thomas M.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has endorsed mandatory training for doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers, as part of the efforts to stem the national epidemic of deaths and addiction from the drugs. Earlier this month, the panel voted unanimously to recommend an overhaul of current federal requirements to train doctors and patients about the risks of overusing the pain drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 19,000 Americans die from narcotic painkillers annually -- a number that has been rising for at least the last 15 years. Although the FDA often follows the recommendations of outside medical panels, it is not required to do so.
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Pledge to Keep Surgeons Current on High-Risk Surgeries Goes Largely Unanswered
Fierce Healthcare (04/26/2016) Bird, Julie

Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and the University of Michigan Health System created policies that said surgeons must perform a certain number of high-risk surgeries to continue performing the procedures. One year later, no other hospitals have joined this volume pledge. According to a Washington Post report, a volume pledge could help improve outcomes and mortality rates that skyrocket when surgeries are performed by surgeons who do not do a high volume of those procedures. These procedures include cardiovascular and joint replacement surgeries. Infrequently practiced procedures also raise the risk of death for common procedures. Meanwhile, a recent study in Applies Health Economics and Health Policy provides the opposite argument. In the study, a research team found that the link between high numbers of procedures and favorable outcomes has been overstated. By applying sophisticated statistical models, the researchers found that only certain procedures benefit from higher volume of practice.
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National Groups Weigh in on Surgeon's Legal Drama
Argus Leader (04/23/16) Ellis, Jonathan

Attorneys for both AARP and Public Citizen contend that a South Dakota law that protects doctors and hospitals from releasing records in medical malpractice lawsuits should not apply if there is evidence that health providers committed a crime or fraud. Both advocacy groups filed amicus briefs with the state's Supreme Court late last month asserting that a medical peer review privilege should not be absolute. The filings were made in cases against Dr. Allen Sossan, as well as a couple of Yankton hospitals where Sossan practiced. Lewis & Clark Specialty Hospital and Avera Sacred Heart are also being sued for giving Sossan credentials to practice medicine. The plaintiffs in the cases allege that the facilities knew or should have known that Sossan's previous record made him unfit to practice medicine. Dozens of patients or survivors of patients have sued, charging that Sossan performed unnecessary surgeries for financial gain and botched many of them. Sossan is thought to be presently living in his native Iran.
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Bill Aims to Ease Hospital Hiring Restrictions to Boost Rural Docs
North Coast Journal (CA) (04/20/16) Scott-Goforth, Grant

To curb the chronic lack of health care in California's rural areas, the state Assemblyman Jim Wood-led Health Committee last month passed a bill that would give small-town hospitals greater freedom to hire doctors. "Rural California has one physician for every 3,500 people, and the average age of that one physician is 60," Wood lamented. "It is crucial that we find ways to convince physicians to practice in our small towns." Wood's office went on to cite a recent poll that indicates 92 percent of graduating medical students prefer a salaried position over an independent practice. That's hard to realize in California, where it's against the law for doctors to be employed by hospitals in order to prevent physicians from protecting hospitals' business interests. Wood's bill would ease that restriction for more than two dozen rural hospitals in the hopes that doctors newly graduated from medical school will be lured by stable salaried positions at remote hospitals. As of press time, the bill had moved to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
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Owner of Ontario Addiction Centre Accused of Hiring Fake Doctors Charged With Fraud
Global News (Canada) (05/04/16) Shum, David

In Canada, fraud charges have been filed against the operator of an Ontario addiction center after he was accused of hiring fake doctors at treatment facilities in Burk's Falls and Caledon. Ontario Provincial Police confirm that John Derek Haines, the owner of the Addiction Canada Treatment Centre, has been charged with fraud over C$5,000, money laundering, proceeds of crime, and drug trafficking. Additionally, authorities say he has been charged with fraud for submitting C$11,000 worth of claims to Ontario's drug benefit plan. A couple of Toronto-area men were arrested in 2015 after cops discovered they were hired to work at the privately run facility without a proper medical license. Richard Tucker, who was initially charged with impersonating a doctor, is now facing charges of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act and fraud under C$5,000. Munish Malik, meanwhile, was charged with impersonating a physician and fraud. Both are set to appear in court on June 30.
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How Temporary Physicians May Buoy the Nation's Physician Shortage
Healthcare Dive (04/23/16) Flanagan, Nina

The traditional career path of physicians is rapidly changing due to such factors as the aging population, a rising doctor shortage, and more cases of physician burnout. As a result, the locum tenens (Latin for "to stand in for") staffing industry is playing a bigger role in keeping staff levels up. Anne Anderson, a member of the National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations' (NALTO's) board, recalls that clients two decades ago were "very skeptical of doctors wanting to work locum tenens -- was it someone who can't get a job anywhere else?" The market has since changed, with retirees looking to supplement their savings and more residents, especially Millennials, eager to travel and work differently than other generations. Anderson concludes, "They see locums as a way that can meet some of their personal goals." The nationwide doctor shortage is particularly felt in primary care and behavioral health -- the two most requested specialties for locum tenens. LocumTenens.com President Chris Franklin credits hospitals for the shift in the industry, as many are now incorporating locum tenens as part of their staffing strategy.
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