WAMSS 40th Anniversary Conference "Cascade into the New Decade" October 22-23, 2020 see conference tab for details
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The Wisconsin Association Medical Staff Services (WAMSS) is a non-profit, professional association for individuals who work in the field of Medical Staff Services. We are individuals who strongly advocate quality healthcare by providing expertise in the areas of:
· Healthcare Provider Credentialing and Clinical Privileging
· Medical Staff Organization
· Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance for Healthcare Organizations
WAMSS has been recognized by the State of Wisconsin Office of the Governor. To see the recognitions, click on the following links: 2002 WI Proclamation, 2005 WI Proclamation, and 2010 WI Proclamation. .
To share in the benefits of WAMSS educational, networking, and informational opportunities fill out our membership form today! Please access the membership form using the link on our Membership Info tab. For any membership or promotions inquiries, please contact our Membership/Promotions Chair Alison Tait at firstname.lastname@example.org .
To make your dues payment, please click on the "PayPal" tab and pay through PayPal, Inc. with a credit/debit card
As an alternative, you may mail your payment by check in the amount of $65 ($75 after 2/15) to:
Aspirus Family Physicians
Attn: Dana Amacher – WAMSS
212 Sturgeon Eddy Road
Wausau, WI 54403
The association’s educational conferences, reference library and networking opportunities provided me the tools I needed to learn the various aspects of the job and create a knowledge base to become proficient in my position. Through the years these same and additional benefits to being a WAMSS member have allowed me to continue to enhance my wisdom, to seek certification, and to receive current information on today’s industry. - Linda
Our primary mission as an association is to provide the opportunity for continuing education to our members and to promote the improvement of professional knowledge and skills and to advocate quality initiatives that relate to the verification and on-going assessment of competency of individuals who provide health care.
WAMSS is a professional association for individuals in the Medical Staff Services field. Our primary mission is to provide the opportunity for continuing education to our members and to promote the improvement of professional knowledge and skills, and to advocate quality health care.
Founded in 1980, WAMSS has grown from a few individuals to over 160 members, representing over 100 healthcare institutions. Our association has evolved from a membership of mostly hospital-based individuals to a diverse group representing the entire spectrum of healthcare. Today, across the State of Wisconsin in almost every organization providing healthcare services, you will find a skilled and experienced professional responsible for verifying the credentials of healthcare practitioners.
WAMSS is governed by an appointed Board of Directors. Information on the current board members can be found on this web-site. Click on "Board of Directors"
WAMSS provides career enhancement through its initiative to promote the Medical Staff Services profession and provides peer networking opportunities through its structured educational activities.
To share in the benefits of WAMSS educational, networking, and informational opportunities, return your completed application today!
WAMSS Membership Application
WAMSS is an excellent resource for education specific to my job responsibilities. The annual conferences always provide timely information and discussion on topics pertinent to our medical staff responsibilities and are a great way to actually meet your peers from neighboring healthcare facilities who face the same challenges every day. – Sue
Lisa Terry, CPCS, CPMSM
St Clare Memorial Hospital - HSHS EWD Credentials Verification Office
Debbie Woods, CPCS, CPMSM
Laura Leininger, CPMSM, CPCS
Cindy M. Leslie, CPCS
Ascension St. Clare's Hospital & The Diagnostic & Treatment Center
Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital
Ascension Our Lady of Victory Hospital
Aspirus Wausau Hospital & Northcentral Credentialing Services
Julie Lord, CPCS
Communication and Advocacy Chair
Aspirus Medford Hospitals & Clinic
Aspirus Langlade Hospital
Juli Ann Kotke-Corrao
Advocate Aurora Health
Sauk Prairie Healthcare
a lovely day for a board meeting
Those individuals who are currently engaged in medical staff activities or non-hospital based credentialing services, or individuals who have achieved and maintained current CPMSM and/or CPCS certification if not currently engaged in medical staff service activities. Required to pay dues, eligible to vote and eligible to hold office.
Those individuals who are interested in the overall aims and objectives of this organization, but not engaged in medical staff service activities as outlined in the Active category. Required to pay dues, eligible to vote and eligible to hold office.
Complete the WAMSS Membership Application
If you experience any difficulties with completeing the online application, please reach out to email@example.com
WAMSS 2019 REGISTRATION FEES
MEMBER OF ANY STATE ASSOCIATION
October 22 &23
On or before Early Bird Deadline 02/15
After Early Bird Deadline
Seeking Volunteers for the Communication and Advocacy Committee
Are you looking to get involved in WAMSS but you don't have a lot of time to commit?
Have you thought about getting involved in WAMSS but you are not sure how?
Do you want to help support the ongoing growth and development of the WAMSS membership?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider joining the Communication and Advocacy Committee.
What does the Communication and Advocacy Committee do?
What is the time commitment?
How do I get involved or find out more?
Email Kaitlin Ketring, Communication and Advocacy Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Expedited Process Goes Live
On April 5, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission activated a new online process for expediting the licensure process for qualified physicians from other Compact states who want to practice medicine in Wisconsin and other Compact states. Wisconsin joined the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact through the enactment of legislation in December 2015, which was a key legislative priority for WHA.
To apply for a Wisconsin medical license through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact expedited process, individuals should go to https://imlcc.org. The website also includes information about eligibility, process, cost and other information about the expedited licensure process under the Compact.
In addition, look for an announcement from WHA on an upcoming WHA educational webinar on the new expedited process to receive a Wisconsin medical license through the Compact process.
"This Compact will streamline the licensure process for many physicians who have been successfully recruited by our members to serve people in communities across Wisconsin," said WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding when the Compact legislation was signed into law. "Wisconsin’s high-value, high-quality health care system is well served by the caring professionals who take care of patients each and every day. As hospitals and health systems employ nearly 80 percent of the physicians licensed in Wisconsin, hospitals have a vested interest in ensuring that access to care is not burdened by regulatory red tape and paperwork."
Presently, 18 states are members of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
If you have any questions about the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and the new expedited licensure process that it provides, contact Matthew Stanford, WHA general counsel, at email@example.com"> firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-274-1820
To request a publication, cassette or video tape from the WAMSS Library email email@example.com. The Librarian will forward the requested materials to you. It is the borrower's responsibility to return the materials to the library within thirty (30) days. To assure the safe return of materials, please package appropriately. WAMSS will cover the shipping charge for materials being sent to you; however, you or your organization will be responsible for charges involved in returning materials to the library.
Please include the following information in your email for the resource request:
Description: Converting to core can be a challenge. Moving
from a privileging system that is not criteria-based (e.g., laundry list or
other) to a criteria-based core privileging system continues to be a
challenge for hospitals and healthcare systems—and in particular for medical
staff services professionals—as they try to meet federal, state, Joint
Commission, and CMS standards; keep up with changing technology and the
advent (or introduction of) new procedures; and ensure the provision of safe,
quality patient care. In addition, core privileges are a fundamental way for
healthcare organizations to manage physician competency and criteria-based
privileging in an increasingly data-driven environment.
Meet the challenge with this step-by-step guide. Core Privileges for
Physicians: A Practical Approach to Developing and Implementing
Criteria-based Privileges, Fourth Edition, a comprehensive manual and CD-ROM
set, provides step-by-step guidelines and tools to help you develop and
implement the most efficient and consistent privileging system available—the
core privileging approach. Every form reviewed and updated since the previous
We've reviewed and updated every form in the manual and have added new core
privileging forms that are not available anywhere else. In addition, many core
forms contain sample procedure lists that correspond to the specialties and
subspecialties that they accompany. Examples of some of the new forms in this edition include palliative medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. In addition, we have revised and updated many of the ever-evolving and hard-to-privilege-for specialties and subspecialties. Forms include:
• Cardiac Surgery
• Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
• Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
• Palliative Medicine
• Urgent Care Center Privileges
• And many more
This valuable resource features sample core forms for specialties and subspecialties, with expanded special procedures criteria incorporated into each core privileging form. The companion CD-ROM also includes all of these forms, allowing you to tailor them to your organization's specific needs.
Page count: 318
The medical staff industry’s most trusted compliance manual is back and better than ever.
Celebrated by medical staff and credentialing professionals for over 15 years, Verify and Comply is back, bigger, and better. Verify and Comply, Seventh Edition, is the latest version of one of HCPro’s most popular credentialing and accreditation resources. Credentialing and medical staff standards and regulations are covered in one easy-to-navigate side-by-side crosswalk, giving MSPs one book that answers all their accreditation questions.
This expanded guide includes ambulatory care, acute care, and managed care standards for the most popular regulators and accreditors: CMS, The Joint Commission, NCQA, DNV, HFAP, and AAAHC. This book allows you to compare what each accreditor states about initial appointment, reappointment, and other medical staff functions, and provides tips and best practices to help you meet the most challenging standards. Use this resource to study for the NAMSS certification exam and to keep up to date with regulators’ and accreditors’ credentialing and medical staff standards.
This book will help you:
What’s New? With each new edition of Verify and Comply, our authors take the latest edition of CMS regulations and accreditors’ standards and do a side-by-side comparison to look for changes. The seventh edition is expanded to include CMS ambulatory standards
UNAVAILABLE - MISSING
most comprehensive educational resource available for medical staff services
departments. More than an introductory text, it covers all department
functions and offers practical advice on managing the credentialing and
privileging process. This can be used for a training tool for students, new
employees, and physician leaders: as an on-the-job reference for medical
staff services professionals: as a guide to standardizing department
The NAMSS Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Study Guide is a printed reference
guide designed to help medical services professionals prepare for the CPCS
exam. This comprehensive resource covers exam topics, including credentialing
and privileging; primary source verification; compliance with standards; and
medical services operations. In addition, these topics are reviewed from the
perspective of a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals,
credentials verification organizations (CVOs), managed care organizations
(MCOs), and ambulatory care settings. MSPs are able to access the full
spectrum of information they will need to know for the CPCS exam in one
Description: This book breaks down the
medical executive committee role to facilitate understanding of the role's
responsibilities and provide strategies for being an exemplary committee
book will help you: Engage Physicians in the peer review process,
refocus your peer review culture from punitive methods to a positive approach
and the pursuit of excellence, minimize bias and improve case review
efficiency. Design OPPE profiles using the six core competencies and
create a plan for distributing the information to physicians. Create
policies that are useful for your medical staff and comply with regulatory
WAMSS is proud to be able to offer our membership the WAMSS Educational Scholarship and the Joan Pykett Outstanding Medical Service Professional Award. The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide financial assistance for members of its association who need support for continuing education.
Please complete the scholarship application or Joan Pykett Outstanding MSP form and submit to our current WAMSS President.
Click here to access member profiles.
The resources and web links provided below are not necessarily endorsed by WAMSS. These are provided as additional resources for individuals working in the field of Medical Staff Services.
Wisconsin Medical Examining Board News Letters
Hardenbergh Interim Staffing Group
Hardenberg Interim Staffing Group - Temporary staffing and management
To access the WAMSS ByLaws click here.
To access the WAMSS Policies and Procedures (revised 011/2019) click here
We wish to thank Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative for hosting our Listserv capabilities
WAMSS is pleased to be able to offer the following Listserv function:
RWHC Listserv Guidelines
Welcome to the RWHC Listserv - an internet-based mailing list that allows members to communicate with each other. The service is another forum for sharing information, posing questions or discussing topical issues. Participation will be limited to the members of your listserve.
How do I use the service?
As a WAMSS member, you are already registered for the listserve and will automatically receive messages posted by your peers. You can initiate a discussion by sending your messages to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send messages to the entire listserve only when it contains information everyone needs to know, or is a topic that is of interest to the whole group.
How do I respond to a message?
If you respond by hitting the "REPLY" button, your response will go to the person who originated the message. If you wish to reply to the entire group, you must either hit the "REPLY TO ALL" button or start a new message addressed to email@example.com.
WAMSS ListServe Etiquette
As with any community, there are simple rules of etiquette that guide the group in communicating with ease and ensure a free flow of information:
You must be a WAMSS member to subscribe, and you may request to be removed from the list at any time. WAMSS, as represented by the discussion board moderator, reserves the right to remove a subscriber from the list at any time.
Discussion should be professional and be centered on discussion of medical staff related matters.
When posting a message, use an appropriate and identifiable subject line that identifies your topic.
Responses that do not add anything to the discussion are to be avoided, such as simply agreeing with a statement or indicating an answer to a question is not know. Be brief when posting. Understand that users have limited time for reading entries. Respect that time being succinct and to the point. Good manners online means that you consider the reader.
No negative posts of any kind allowed. This includes "bashing" any person or company, for any reason. This is not the place to lodge complaints or to "vent". Please be polite and tactful, and considerate of others' feelings.
No "Anonynous" posts allowed. Please make sure that your name, organization and telephone number appear in your e-mail. Readers may want to contact you personally.
Proofread your entry before posting. Check for typos and grammatical errors that may allow users to misconstrue your entry.
No Spam! The e-mail addresses of the list serve users are for WAMSS use only. Sending unsolicited spam mail is prohibited.
You must have copyright ownership of all material that you include with your e-mails. If you'd like to refer to a news article from another site, please post no more than a few lines summarizing the article and include a link to it.
You participate at your own risk on bulletin boards, chat rooms and via e-mail. You take responsibility for postings under your name and use the information provided here at your own risk.
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the current Communications Chairperson listed on the Board of Director's page
Interested in pursuing certification? Want more information on what you need to do to become certified?
NAMSS (National Association Medical Staff Services) offers two certification opportunities:
For further details on becoming certified, please see the NAMSS website.
Earn Your AA in Medical Staff Services Degree
National American University (NAU) introduces its Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Staff Services Management (MSSM). This two-year program is fully online, offering students the convenience of attending classes in your own home or office, with no commuting. Graduates of NAU's A.A.S. degree in medical staff services management are well qualified to work in hospitals, managed care facilities, ambulatory care facilities, credentialing verification organizations, and other health care facilities as credentialing experts. The program's coursework also prepares graduates for the Certified Professional in Medical Services Management (CPMSM) or the Certified Professional Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) examinations. Credits earned from the MSSM program will seamlessly transfer into a Bachelor's of Science degree in Healthcare Management and further create opportunities for career advancements!
National American University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org. NAU also offers career degree programs in business, criminal justice, information technology, and health care. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.800.209.0182.
2020 WAMSS Conference - 40th Anniversary: Cascade into the New Decade
2020 WAMSS Conference - brochure/registration available soon
October 22 & 23 Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, WI
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Thank you to those who supported a successful 2019 WAMSS Conference
WAMSS 2016 Annual Fall Conference was held November 10th and 11th at The Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club in Madison, WI. Below is one of the group photos that was taken in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol.
Photograph by Chris Streeter
I highly recommend to all WAMSS members to consider the chance to serve on the Board in a committee, chair, or officer capacity – there is so much to gain from the inspiration of others.
Provider Credentialing Specialist, Health Plans (H) | Madison, WI | Dean Health Plan
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1277 Deming Way Madison, WI 53717
We are looking for someone with credentialing experience to join a respected team and growing company. The ideal candidate will assist with multi-state credentialing efforts and delegation management. Join Dean Health Plan where our focus is on high quality and service to the local community and populations we serve.
Processes provider applications and re-applications of assigned network physicians and providers, including initial mailing, review, and loading into the database tracking system, following National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA) Standards and internal policies.
Medical Staff Services Specialist
A respectful and challenging work environment, supportive colleagues, vibrant communities, and the great feeling that comes with making a difference in other people's lives. These are just a few of the reasons to choose ThedaCare as the home for your career!
We are looking for team members who put our patients and families at the center of their work; who have an unrelenting passion for safety and quality; and who will contribute to a great working environment where everyone can do their best.
Job Description Summary :
The Medical Staff Services Specialist is responsible for credentialing physicians and other healthcare professionals, managing meetings, resolving issues and complaints, ensuring healthcare providers adhere to quality regulations and policies, maintaining credentials, and other related duties. Serves as a liaison between hospital administration and the medical staff. Establishes and maintains good communication and rapport among healthcare disciplines, and is responsible for the development of positive working relationships. Maintains a working knowledge of medical staff bylaws, policies/procedures, and rules/regulations, and works to ensure medical staff compliance.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES: 1. Ensures the credentialing of applicants for membership and reappointment to the medical staff is coordinated accurately and timely in compliance with defined schedules. Coordinates efforts of medical staff, administration, outside credentialing agencies, and regulatory agencies. 2. Facilitates medical staff standing committees and ad hoc and special committee meetings. Consults with respective department/committee chairs and hospital team members to achieve outcomes ensuring that problems identified are either acted upon or appropriately referred. Demonstrates excellent communication in preparation of agenda, participation in meetings, and follow-up actions. 3. Records conclusions and recommendations succinctly and accurately to substantiate actions taken. Maintains and protects the confidential records of proceedings that may be required in subsequent internal investigations and/or external legal disputes. 4. Interprets, explains, and follows regulatory guidelines including medical staff bylaws, fair hearing plan, rules and regulations, and policies. 5. Provides support to medical staff leaders relevant to the medical staff bylaws and rules and regulations by making suggestions for changes to meet regulatory compliance such as The Joint Commission (TJC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as acting as the subject matter resource for the credentialing standards of the National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS). 6. Participates with regulatory accreditation surveys. Interacts with surveyors to demonstrate compliance with standards to achieve accreditation. 7. Communicates and develops relationships with key medical staff leaders, medical staff members, and credentialed/privileged allied health staff. 8. Demonstrates leadership skills by providing expertise in the area of credentialing and privileging. Assists in the coordination of the Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluations (OPPE) and Focused Professional Practice Evaluations (FPPE). 9. Assists in the coordination of the daily activities of the medical staff office and responds quickly to resolve operational situations. 10. Monitors and revises credentialing and privileging forms and functions as needed to ensure consistency and in accordance with regulatory agency guidelines.
QUALIFICATIONS: • Associate’s degree in a healthcare related field • Three years of experience with medical staff administration and credentialing principle • CPCS or CPMSM certification, or must achieve certification within in one year of reaching eligibility to sit for the certification exam as defined by the NAMSS Certification Council
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: • Ability to move freely (standing, stooping, walking, bending, pushing, and pulling) and lift up to a maximum of twenty-five (25) pounds without assistance • Job classification is not exposed to blood borne pathogens (blood or bodily fluids) while performing job duties
WORK ENVIRONMENT: • Climate controlled office setting with daily movement throughout the facility • Interaction with department members and other healthcare providers
8-4:30pm M-F with no weekends. Flexibility for early morning and later evening meetings 1-2 times a month.
Scheduled Weekly Hours:
ThedaCare Regional Medical Center - Neenah - Neenah,Wisconsin
At Children’s Wisconsin, we believe kids deserve the best.
Children’s Wisconsin is a nationally recognized health system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. We provide primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. Our reputation draws patients and families from around the country.
We are seeking a full-time Provider Database and Evaluation Coordinator to collaborate with leaders of Medial Staff Services, and Medical Staff leadership to ensure the accuracy and integrity of provider information in the credentialing software data base and other data sources. The coordinator will be responsible for the production and distribution of provider performance review reports for the Children’s Wisconsin - Milwaukee medical staff.
A Bachelor's degree or a master's degree in a related field.
Three years or more of analytics related work experience.
Must exhibit the aptitude in the following Competencies: Resourcefulness, Ensures Accountability, Optimization of Work Processes, Self-Development and Collaboration.
Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Office products.
Strong analytical skills with demonstrated experience in the evaluation of data accuracy and integrity.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Must be able to effectively and collegially work with leaders and staff across the organization and external organizations.
Must be highly organized and have ability to independently and timely manage multiple projects.
Strong critical thinking skills & analytical ability to proactively address problems and facilitate improvement-related projects.
We offer a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities and are seeking individuals dedicated to helping us achieve our vision of the healthiest kids in the country. If you want to work for an organization that makes a difference for children and families, and encourages you to be at your best every day, please apply today at www.chw.org – search Job ID # 33525
Please follow this link for a closer look at what it’s like to work at Children’s Wisconsin: https://www.instagram.com/lifeatchw/
As a member of WAMSS, I have gained experience in leadership, grown both professionally and personally, and made valuable friends along the way!
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