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July 2016
Hardenbergh Updated June 2016


A Word from the President

Welcome to the July issue of NAMSS Gateway. You have already heard about the diverse educational offerings at the 40th Educational Conference & Exhibition, taking place September 17-21, and now I’m pleased to invite you to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the conference with our one-of-a-kind Ruby Reception! Join me in Boston on Monday, September 19, to celebrate 40 years of education, networking, and fun! As the traditional 40th anniversary gift, the ruby represents passion, protection, and prosperity – the perfect symbol of NAMSS’ passion to support the medical staff and credentialing field and our mission to foster personal growth and prosperity of MSPs. Help us celebrate this monumental year at our exciting event!

Register today for the conference and start shopping for your ruby red outfit! Conference early bird pricing has been extended! Join the NAMSS family as a member and register by July 22 for the best savings on the conference registration fee.

Bonnie Gutierrez, BHA, CPCS, CPMSM
NAMSS President
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News From NAMSS

Get Started with NAMSS PASS at the NAMSS 40th Educational Conference
Preview the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program For Free
Congratulations to the first NAMSS Fellows!
NAMSS Live Webinars
Are you up for Recertification?
NAMSS Board of Directors Election to Open August 15
Social Corner

Industry News

"Rule Change to Let Doctors Treat More Opioid Addicts"
"Study on EHRs Finds That Many Docs Adhere to 'Culture of Silence' Around Tech Issues"
"Five Ways for Hospitals to Reduce–Not Make Excuses for–Medical Errors"
"Doctors Work to Regroup after Texas Abortion Law Struck Down"
"Virginia Mason Is Denied Full Accreditation After Lapses"
"Hospitals Make Gains in Patient Safety, but Challenges Remain"

News From NAMSS

Get Started with NAMSS PASS at the NAMSS 40th Educational Conference

Join NAMSS in Boston, Massachusetts from September 17-21, 2016 for the 40th Educational Conference and Exhibition. NAMSS PASS support staff will be in the NAMSS booth to explain NAMSS PASS, provide you with a live demo, and even walk you through signing up to the premier practitioner affiliation history verification system. If you want to upload your data onsite at the NAMSS Educational Conference, just bring a USB drive with your information in an Excel spreadsheet to the booth! For information about what to include on your spreadsheet, click here.

The conference Early Bird Deadline is July 22, so be sure to register now to receive the best rate.
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Preview the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program For Free

The wait is over - online modules for the highly-anticipated Leadership Certificate Program are now live! Designed for certified Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) looking to serve as leaders within their department and industry, the Leadership Certificate Program combines both online and in-person courses to teach new and improve existing leadership skills.

Not sure if the program is for you? Try the first online module of the program for FREE. Plus, get one Continuing Education (CE) credit for your participation. Introduction to the NAMSS Leadership Certificate Program provides an in-depth overview of the entire program, including a closer look at content covered in both the online and in-person portions of the curriculum. Visit the NAMSS website for more information!
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Congratulations to the first NAMSS Fellows!

The NAMSS Fellow Designation is the pinnacle 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. The Fellow designation signifies the recognition of knowledge along with service to the organization, NAMSS, and advancement of the profession. NAMSS is pleased to announce that the following members have been awarded with the NAMSS Fellow Designation (FMSP).

  • Sharon F. Beckley, CPCS, CPMSM, ADME/Director, Medical Staff Services, Wellington Regional Medical Center
  • Georganna Biggins, CPCS, CPMSM, Director, Medical Staff Services, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Karen Claxton, CPCS, CPMSM, Manager, Medical Staff Operations, Meadows Regional Medical Center, Inc.
  • Kate Conklin, CPCS, CPMSM, Senior Vice President, Professional Affairs and Ethics & Compliance Officer, Denton Regional Medical Center
  • Sheryl Davis, CPCS, CPMSM, Director, Medical Affairs and Education, Overland Park Regional Medical Center
  • Renee Aird Dengler, CPCS, CPMSM, Consultant, Self & Morrisey Associates
  • Jerri Dufour, CPCS, CPMSM, Medical Staff Resource Manager, HealthSouth Corporate
  • Rebecca (Becky) Findley, CPCS, CPMSM, Manager - Medical Staff Services, Wesley Medical Center
  • Geneva Harris, CPCS, CPMSM, Clinical Affairs Operations Director, University of California Davis Medical Center
  • Ruth Jackson, CPCS, CPMSM, Director, Professional Staff Services, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
  • Kathleen Matzka, CPCS, CPMSM, Consultant/Speaker, Kathy Matzka, CPMSM, CPCS, LLC
  • Patricia McCurdy, CPCS, CPMSM, Director Medical Staff Services, Princeton HealthCare System
  • Faith Rhoades, CPCS, CPMSM, Director of Medical Staff Services, Huntsville Hospital
  • Constance E. Riedel, CPCS, CPMSM, Regional Director, Medical Staff Services and Centralized Credentialing Office, Mercy Health North LLC
  • Amy Wade, CPCS, CPMSM, Administrative Director, Medical Staff Services and Human Resources, Community Hospital
These individuals will be recognized at the NAMSS 40th Educational Conference & Exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts; be sure to join us there to congratulate them on their impressive accomplishments.
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NAMSS Live Webinars

Medical Staff Implications of CINS: Credentialing and More
Date: Thursday, July 21
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CT)
Speakers: Brian C. Betner, Kim Harvey Looney and Carmen Pena
Cost: Member: $75; Non-member: $95
CE Credit: 1.5

At the end of these presentations, participants will understand:
  • What is the relationship between a hospital-affiliated CIN and the hospital Medical Staff?;
  • Use of a CVO within a system for Medical Staff(s) and CIN;
  • Peer review privilege and confidentiality–how to reconcile with CIN data transparency, quality metrics for internal and external purposes;
  • Due process and applicable immunities; and
  • Network Selectivity–balancing payer needs and expectations, practitioner expectation
Click here to register now!

NAMSS PASS Webinar – Patient Safety: The Critical Role of NAMSS PASS
Next Date: Wednesday, July 27
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.
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Are you up for Recertification?

Recertification applications will be accepted through the online recertification portal starting August 1 for the 2016 year.

NAMSS offers tools like the Continuing Education Tracking Form where you can keep track of your CE activities and helpful resources, like the 2016 Recertification Policies and Guidelines, for individuals up for recertification.

Find out if you're due to recertify and access all of our resources.
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NAMSS Board of Directors Election to Open August 15

The NAMSS Board of Directors Elections will open for member vote on Monday, August 15. The NAMSS Board of Directors leads and advises NAMSS initiatives such as the annual conference, education programs, and NAMSS PASS. The NAMSS membership looks to the Board as leaders in the field that can leverage their expertise to improve NAMSS programs in 2016 and future years. The Nominees for the Board of Director will be announced when the ballot opens, and members can vote until Friday, September 2nd. All NAMSS member votes count towards the election, so please submit your ballot on or before September 2.
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Social Corner

Follow @NAMSS_News on Twitter! Just launched to provide followers with NAMSS happenings and the most up-to-date information in the medical staff and credentialing field, our Twitter page is the best place for you to connect with the NAMSS community. Use #NAMSS2016 to follow updates and news regarding the 40th Educational Conference & Exhibition.

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Industry News

Rule Change to Let Doctors Treat More Opioid Addicts
Santa Fe New Mexican (07/06/16) Krasnow, Bruce

Earlier this month, the White House announced a change that will allow physicians who prescribe medication that helps opioid addicts the leeway to treat more patients. Under current regulations, doctors who write prescriptions for Suboxone are limited to 100 patients in their caseload. The change, to go into effect later this year, will increase that number to 275 under certain conditions. "We have to turn the tide of this epidemic," remarks U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. "The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States." Unlike methadone, which must be administered in a clinic, Suboxone can be taken anywhere. It has certain ingredients that help addicts experience a high. However, it is more limited and without overdose risks. Critics say the drug can be easily sold or exchanged for heroin or opioids and is more easily smuggled into prisons.
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Study on EHRs Finds That Many Docs Adhere to 'Culture of Silence' Around Tech Issues
Healthcare Informatics (06/29/16) Leventhal, Rajiv

The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) was meant to standardize care, improve communication, and increase research and analysis. But a new Cleveland State University study shows challenges still exist, including increased workloads, trust issues, and problems with training. The study noted that many doctors have created "workarounds" that allow them to avoid using EHRs altogether, and some are reluctant to speak about persistent issues due to a "culture of silence" employed by medical institutions. The study's authors said the report, the first of its kind to specifically examine physician perception of EHRs, can be used to increase communications within medical spaces. A larger study is in the works to add to this body of data, and it aims to assess how physicians perceive EHR costs and benefits.
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Five Ways for Hospitals to Reduce–Not Make Excuses for–Medical Errors
Fierce Healthcare (06/22/2016) Minemyer, Paige

A recent study indicated that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 25,000 casualties each year. A new blog post from Karen Wolk Feinstein, CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, highlights five actions hospitals can take to reduce medical errors. One, be transparent and accountable. Tracking efforts to reduce errors on a monthly basis is essential. Two, reward improvement efforts and recognize success. Rewards prompt further action, and recognizing the work of employees can improve the rate at which medical errors are reported. Three, improve education and training. Training doctors and nurses, in particular, to more clearly identify instances of medical error can give hospitals a boost. Four, learn from past successes. Building on techniques that have worked previously can be a catalyst to help lead future transformations. Finally, "own the problem of medical errors." Always employ a problem-solving protocol for situations involving medical errors.
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Doctors Work to Regroup after Texas Abortion Law Struck Down
NBC News (06/27/16) Ali, Safia Samee

The number of doctors licensed to provide abortions in Texas has plunged 42 percent since a highly restrictive law went into effect in 2013. In a state with more than 12 million women, only 28 doctors with hospital admitting privileges are currently providing abortions. In a 5-3 decision, though, the Supreme Court late last month found that the Texas law imposed an "undue burden" on women by imposing building code requirements on clinics that provide abortion services as well as demanding all physicians obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. With this ruling, though, it will still take a long time to recoup the loss of so many doctors since the Texas law was enacted. Dr. Daniel Grossman, an obstetrician-gynecologist, remarks, "Once a clinic closes and the license expires, the building lease may be gone, equipment is sold, there may not be a doctor. Getting back to where we were in 2013 won't happen overnight."
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Virginia Mason Is Denied Full Accreditation After Lapses
Seattle Times (06/22/16) Aleccia, JoNel

After failing to meet 29 standards during a surprise review in May, Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center has been denied full accreditation by the Joint Commission. The unannounced visit by the nonprofit group that inspects approximately 21,000 hospitals and programs nationwide found that Virginia Mason was out of compliance in areas ranging from conducting fire drills to reducing risk of infection from medical equipment and devices to providing an environment with no risk of "immediate threat to life." Virginia Mason is now working to fix the problems that resulted in "contingent accreditation" status. For one, it is notifying 650 patients dating back to 2011 that the hospital failed to properly screen clients for hepatitis B infections at an on-site kidney dialysis center.
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Hospitals Make Gains in Patient Safety, but Challenges Remain
Fierce Healthcare (06/14/2016) Minemyer, Paige

New data shows that hospitals have made strides to improve patient safety, but more work must be done. According to an article in JAMA Viewpoints, the number of adverse events in hospitals has dropped by around four percent each year between 2010 and 2014, but the reasons for the decline are not clear. The article pointed out four possibilities: one, increased research gave hospitals relevant information to make necessary changes; two, new tools enabled hospitals to better address safety issues; three, hospitals now have access to data and measures to assess safety culture and the rate of patient harm; and, four, hospital leaders are more engaged in and committed to promoting patient safety. The question now becomes: "What can be done to maintain or speed up the decline in harm that already exists?" The article suggested that hospitals develop more reliable methods to measure adverse events, and leaders must continue to make safety a high priority. Minimizing diagnostic errors could be an important strategy to that end.
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