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November 2016
Hardenbergh Updated June 2016
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A Word from the President


Welcome to the November issue of NAMSS Gateway. I’m excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 NAMSS Education Summit! Different than the Educational Conference & Exhibition, the Education Summit is an opportunity to take one of NAMSS’ live courses and engage with peers from around the country who are in a role similar to yours. A perfect opportunity to become certified, recertify, or refresh your skills, the two-day workshops you’ll take part in are hands-on, challenging, and directly applicable to the work you do every day, no matter what stage of your career you’re in.

New this year to the Educational Summit is the Leadership Certificate Program In-Person Course. This course is the capstone to a series of online modules and will help you transform your experience into expertise. Meant for certified Medical Services Professionals (MSPs), this program will help you elevate your career and become a leader in the medical services profession. If you weren’t quite ready to take this course at the 40th Educational Conference & Exhibition or couldn’t make it to Boston, I encourage you take a leap of faith and challenge yourself this March!

No matter which course you choose, the opportunity to learn face-to-face from industry leaders with colleagues from around the country is priceless! Whether you’re preparing to earn your CPCS or CPMSM certification, need to explore the fundamentals of credentialing, or are ready for the next big step in your career, join us at the 2017 NAMSS Education Summit, March 10-11 in Orlando, Florida!

Bonnie Gutierrez, BHA, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President

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News From NAMSS

NAMSS Virtual Executive Roundtable Recordings
NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program
NAMSS Live Webinars
Recertify Today!
2017 Membership Dues Renewal Now Open!
Social Corner

Industry News

"High Court: Hospitals Don’t Have to Turn Over Documents"
"CA's Critical Access Hospitals Get Green Light to Employ Physicians"
"Feds Find Doctor Listings Often Wrong in Medicare Advantage Directories"
"Survey Reveals Critical Shortage of Latino Medical Professionals"
"Why Physicians Don't Report Their Own Mental Illnesses"
"Staffing Issues Prevent Stockton Hospital From Taking Patients With Major Trauma"
"Doctor, Nurse Practitioner Committee Pitches Ideas"


News From NAMSS


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NAMSS Virtual Executive Roundtable Recordings

If you missed the opportunity to participate in the Virtual Executive Roundtable, the recorded webinars are now available for purchase! The inaugural session featured population health expert David. B Nash, MD, MBA, Founding Dean of Jefferson College of Population Health. Along with a copy of his book, Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness, and PDF articles for further reading, Dr. Nash’s webinars on the following topics are included with your purchase: Update on Population Health; Quality and Safety in Population Health; and The Role of the Consumer. Participate in this program to delve into important issues healthcare leaders are facing and earn six CE credits!
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NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program

Challenge yourself and take your career to the next level with the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program! Enroll in the online modules to start learning the fundamentals of leadership in the medical services field. Gain skills that will immediately translate to your current role, provide you the confidence to be a leader, and prepare you for the In-Person Course.

Get a sneak peek at the Leadership Certificate Program's online modules with a complimentary viewing of the first module, Introduction to the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program, that helps you learn the basics of leadership and identify your leadership style and personal goals.

After completing the online modules, take your learning to the next level with the In-Person Course offered at the Education Summit in Orlando, FL.
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NAMSS Live Webinars

Best Practices in Provider Enrollment

Thursday, December 8, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET (1:00 – 2:00 pm CT)
Cost: Member: $55 / Non-Member: $75
CE Credit: 1.0

Speakers: Dawn Anderson, CPMSM and Maggie Palmer, MSA, CPMSM, CPCS

You know you have a solid enrollment process, but still struggle with denials, delays, and challenges? Join us for an overview of provider enrollment and to learn the best practices in documenting enrollment, follow up, challenges, re-submissions (if necessary), and presenting metrics to your leadership.

The Anatomy of a Credential File: Understanding the Regulatory and Legal Implications of the Credentialing Process

Thursday, January 19, 2017
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET (1:00 – 2:00 pm CT)
Cost: Member: $55 / Non-Member: $75
CE Credit: 1.0

Speakers: Erin Muellenberg, JD and Lucinda Radcliffe, CPMSM

Understand the legal and regulatory basis for each element of the credentials file and gain specific knowledge of the rationale for each element and the ramifications of missing or incomplete information.
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Recertify Today!

Submit your Recertification Application Online

The 2016 NAMSS recertification application is now available! The recertification application can be found at www.namss.org/recertification. Paper applications will not be accepted.

In order to submit an application, you must log in to the NAMSS website. Your application may not be properly received if you do not log in to your existing account. Forgot your password? You can reset your password and retrieve your login information by clicking here and entering your e-mail address. Contact the Executive Office at info@namss.org should you need further assistance.

In order to remain certified, the 2016 recertification application must be completed and submitted by Thursday, December 1, 2016. All CE credits must also be achieved by this deadline. A listing of those due to recertify in 2016 can be found here. Questions can be sent to certification@namss.org.
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2017 Membership Dues Renewal Now Open!

Have you renewed your dues for 2017 yet? All NAMSS member dues expire on December 31, 2016. Renew your membership by January 31, 2017 and receive a gift from NAMSS – a coupon to use for a complimentary session recording from the 2016 Annual Conference, worth 1.5 CE credits! Coupons will be emailed to you within two weeks of your renewal.

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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Social Corner

National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week was last week – how did your department celebrate? Visit our Facebook and Twitter to see how others observed the week and post your photos using #MSPWeek2016.
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Industry News


High Court: Hospitals Don’t Have to Turn Over Documents
Argus Leader (10/27/16) Ellis, Jonathan

South Dakota hospitals and physicians can commit crimes against patients and not be required to turn over evidence of those crimes, the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled late last month. Materials that are gathered by peer review committees to assess the performance of a health care provider are safeguarded by state law, the court decreed. Hospitals cannot be compelled to turn over those materials, even when there is proof that providers committed fraud or crimes against patients. The decision overturns a circuit court judge's ruling that the medical peer review privilege does not apply when there is evidence that it is being used to conceal criminal activity. More than 30 states have recognized that negligent credentialing is a valid cause of action. However, the South Dakota Supreme Court did not address that issue in its ruling.
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CA's Critical Access Hospitals Get Green Light to Employ Physicians
HealthLeaders Media (10/11/16)

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on a bill that will lift a century-old ban on direct physician employment, with one of the main goals being to end a "doctor desert" among the smallest and most remote hospitals. Starting Jan. 1, the new law will permit critical access hospitals statewide to employ physicians. Authored by assembly member Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), Assembly Bill 2024 will allow the state's smallest and most remote hospitals to directly employ physicians instead of hire them as independent contractors. California hospitals have been prohibited from directly employing physicians under a corporate medicine law aimed at preventing hospital administrators from influencing physicians' decision-making. AB 2024 will apply only to critical access hospitals, which are small facilities with 25 or fewer beds typically located in remote areas.
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Feds Find Doctor Listings Often Wrong in Medicare Advantage Directories
Kaiser Health News (10/24/16) Galewitz, Phil

A survey by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reveals that provider directories for private Medicare Advantage plans frequently contain errors, including incorrect phone numbers for 521 doctors' offices and wrong addresses for 633 doctors' offices. Incorrect information was found for almost half of the 5,832 doctors listed in directories for 54 Medicare Advantage plans checked last fall, according to CMS officials. CMS has not issued any fines but that could still occur, says Jeremy Willard, a health insurance specialist in the CMS surveillance division. Inaccuracies found in the Medicare Advantage directories could lead to penalties up to $25,000 a day per beneficiary or freezes on new enrollment and marketing. CMS also is surveying Medicare Advantage companies this fall, and officials hope to survey every company by 2018 when the three-year review will be completed.
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Survey Reveals Critical Shortage of Latino Medical Professionals
Victorville Daily Press (CA) (10/16/16) De La Cruz, Rene Ray

According to a recent Latino Physicians of California (LPOC) survey, the Latino community is facing a medical crisis that will only become worse if action is not taken. The Latino Physicians Needs Assessment Survey found that the Golden State is critically low in the number of Latino physicians, with the growing Latino community underserved as a result. Dr. Jose Alberto Arevalo, board chair for LPOC, says the challenges in the Latino medical community are multifaceted and must be addressed with the help of many organizations and individuals. One especially troubling statistic is 39 percent of Latino physicians in California plan to retire over the next decade. Several physicians polled said medical schools located in proximity to low income and underserved areas would allow more Latino students to attend and possibly return to serve their community.
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Why Physicians Don't Report Their Own Mental Illnesses
MedPage Today (10/16/16)

According to a newly published General Hospital Psychiatry study, almost 50 percent of the physicians polled believed they had met the definition for a mental illness at some point during their career but had not sought treatment. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School fielded an anonymous 24-question survey among more than 2,100 female physicians. Almost half the respondents believed they likely had a mental illness at some point. However, two–thirds reported that fear of stigma drove them to keep their worries quiet. Lead researcher Dr. Katherine Gold notes that many thought they could manage their situation on their own, including writing their own prescriptions or paying cash for visits to avoid having an insurance company record. Many states require physicians to report any mental diagnosis to their state medical licensing board. State licensing board questionnaires vary widely. While some ask if physicians have ever been diagnosed with a mental health problem, others only ask if they've had such a diagnosis in the last few years.
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Staffing Issues Prevent Stockton Hospital From Taking Patients With Major Trauma
CBS Sacramento (10/07/16) Rajaee, Shirin

In early October, the only trauma center in California's San Joaquin County had to turn away major medical trauma patients when it was temporarily restricted to accept such cases. Jose Nunez Junior died after being shot in the head in front of his family's Stockton residence. Nunez was alive while being transported to the hospital. The nearest trauma center was San Joaquin General Hospital, 6.5 miles away. But since the hospital could not accept major trauma patients, Nunez had to be transported to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto 27 miles away. The county's only trauma center hospital had been found out of compliance with staffing requirements by the San Joaquin County Emergency Medical Services agency. The main requirement is that all trauma doctors be board certified. The hospital was sorting through the credentialing process and, as of press time, aimed to be fully operational by Oct. 31.
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Doctor, Nurse Practitioner Committee Pitches Ideas
Tennessean (10/14/16) Fletcher, Holly

In Tennessee, a task force created to draft recommendations for regulating the relationship between doctors and nurse practitioners brainstormed a few suggestions last month. Much of the meeting was devoted to credentialing and whether advanced practice nurses are engaged in the practice of medicine as defined by state law. The task force has been trying to reach a compromise on what types of treatments can be provided by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and under what level of oversight. Two of its three meetings thus far have been contentious. Sen. Becky Massey (R-Knoxville) recently reminded the group that the Tennessee state legislature prefers to limit unnecessary regulation for professions.
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