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Iowa Joins 9 Other States in Enacting the FSMB Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 19:44
Following Alabama, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming, Iowa enacted the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact earlier this month. The legislation was signed into law by Governor Terry Branstad and received endorsements from the Iowa Board of Medicine, the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, the Iowa Hospital Association, the Iowa Medical Society, and others.

According to a press release by the FSMB, "The final model Interstate Medical Licensure Compact legislation was released in September 2014. Since then, 19 state legislatures have introduced the Compact legislation and nearly 30 state medical and osteopathic boards have publicly expressed support for the Compact. The Compact has been endorsed by a broad coalition of health care stakeholders, including the American Medical Association (AMA)."

For the full release, please click here.

Doctors Coming Back after a Break from Practice

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 21:17
From a Report by Anna Gorman in Kaiser Health News:"Like many professionals, physicians take time off to raise children, care for sick family members or to recover from their own illnesses. Some want to return from retirement or switch from non-clinical jobs back to seeing patients. But picking up where they left off is more difficult in medicine than in most careers.In medicine, change occurs quickly. Drugs, devices and surgical techniques that were standard a decade ago may now be obsolete. Or a returning doctor’s skills may simply be rusty...After extended leaves, doctors must convince medical boards to reissue their licenses, hospitals to grant admitting privileges and malpractice insurers to provide coverage. Only a handful of programs around the country are set up to help physicians brush up on their skills, and they can cost doctors thousands of dollars."For the full story, click here.

Register Today for NAMSS' 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 21:36
Join NAMSS in Seattle, Washington for the 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition, October 3 to 7, 2015. This year’s educational conference will feature more than 30 sessions, giving you the freedom to choose your own educational pathway.

This year, we are excited to offer four unique tracks centered around Embracing Change: A Journey of Leadership, allowing you to pick sessions that are most important to you! This year’s tracks include:
  • Professional Development
  • Credentialing and Privileging
  • Executive Leadership
  • Legal
Arriving to Seattle before the official start to the conference? Attend one of our Pre-Conference Workshops and take advantage of this great way to help you prepare for your upcoming CPCS or CPMSM exam. Along with the educational offerings, network with your peers and create new relationships with other members in the industry. While interacting with your peers, be sure to meet with innovative and leading exhibitors who will showcase the latest technology and services within the field.

Registeron or before Friday, July 24 for early bird savings on your conference registration! Not a NAMSS member? Join now to receive additional savings of up to $150!

The Sheraton Seattle Hotel is the headquarters hotel for the NAMSS 39th Educational Conference & Exhibition. NAMSS has secured a discounted rate of $199 per night for a single or double room. Both the Washington State Convention Center (where all conference events will be convening) and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel are a short walk away from a variety of shops as well as the famous Pike Place Market. The hotel reservation cut-off date is September 10, 2015.

NAMSS 2015 Payer Credentialing Standards Roundtable A Success

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:30
On May 7, 2015, the National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) held the 2015 Payer Credentialing Standards Roundtable at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD. NAMSS brought together thought leaders from across the health care industry to discuss essential common practices for practitioner credentialing with payer organizations. These practices can be utilized to improve both credentialing efficiency and patient safety.

Credentialing is the gateway to patient safety. Preventable adverse events in healthcare kill 200,000 to 400,000 Americans annually, making them the third leading cause of death in the United States. Some of these deaths could be avoided if the healthcare system could better identify unqualified healthcare practitioners through the credentialing process. Industry collaboration is essential to realize a credentialing system that reduces costs, streamlines the process, and – ultimately – protects patients. That is why NAMSS convened this important Roundtable discussion.

In May 2014, NAMSS also assembled the Ideal Credentialing Standards (ICS) Roundtable to discuss essential common practices for provider credentialing at medical facilities. By working collaboratively with participants from both the 2014 and 2015 Roundtables, NAMSS hopes to create a better, more efficient credentialing system that best serves patients.

Physician Credentialing and Technological Advancement

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 18:42
As Health Leaders Media reports, a commentary recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlights the ever-evolving relationship between physician credentialing and technology. In the words of one of the University of Michigan researchers who co-authored the JAMA commentary, "As surgical innovations continue to emerge, and as pressures from patients and hospital administrators to be on the cutting edge of technology continue to increase, strengthening hospitals' credentialing and privileging for new procedures should be a high-yield target for improving patient safety." For the full report from HLM, please click here.

House Bill to Repeal SGR Physician Payment Formula Also Addresses Telehealth

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 18:58
The nearly $200 billion Medicare legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment formula includes several other significant provisions, among them three that address telehealth. The House of Representatives passed the bill on March 26 by an overwhelming majority and sent it to the Senate, where it will be addressed following Congress's return from their spring recess on Monday, April 13. To learn more about the telehealth provisions in this bill, please click here for a summary in the National Law Review.