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All Healthcare Industry Eyes on the Supreme Court This Week

Mon, 2015-03-02 08:19
Beginning on March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the first oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the case that will determine the validity of federal subsidies assisting millions of American patients afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Should the Court strike down these subsidies, the effects will be felt across the entire healthcare industry. Here are "5 Things to Know About the Supreme Court Case Challenging the Health Law," a report by Kaiser Health News.

NAMSS Offering Live Education in Atlanta

Mon, 2015-02-16 11:46
The National Association Medical Staff Services is hosting its annual Regional Education Summit, providing MSPs with three live learning opportunities in Atlanta, GA on March 13-14. Whether you are preparing for a NAMSS Certification Exam, are new to the industry, or have new staff that need critical introductory education, the NAMSS Regional Education Summit provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network. Join NAMSS at the Westin Peachtree Plaza and connect with fellow industry professionals at one of the following three courses:

  • The two-day NAMSS Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Certification Preparation Course helps those preparing to take the CPCS certification exam gain a sense of what topics the exam focuses on and develop a personalized study strategy. REGISTER NOW
  • The two-day NAMSS Medical Services Management (CPMSM) Certification Preparation Course helps those preparing to take the CPMSM certification exam gain a sense of what topics the exam focuses on and develop a personalized study strategy. REGISTER NOW
  • Credentialing 101 is a two-day program that introduces attendees to credentialing and gives examples of how and when to apply accreditation standards. REGISTER NOW
Register Now and Save! Enter the following code during checkout and save 10% off of meeting registration: NAMSS10GA. Questions? Contact the NAMSS Executive Office at

ABIM President Announces Changes to MOC Program

Mon, 2015-02-09 11:16
On February 3, 2015, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced that it would be making significant changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program via a letter distributed by ABIM President and CEO Richard Baron, MD. Dr. Baron began the letter by stating, " ABIM clearly got it wrong. We launched programs that weren't ready and and we didn't deliver an MOC program that physicians found meaningful. We want to change that." For a full version of the letter, please click here.

NBPAS Provides New Recertification Alternative

Mon, 2015-01-26 10:03

According to a report by MedPage Today, the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) has been established to provide physicians with an alternative path to board recertification. Founded by vocal critics of maintenance of certification, such as Paul Teirstein, MD of the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, CA, the NBPAS presents new competition for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in the board recertification process.

From the NBPAS website:

"The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) is committed to providing certification that ensures physician compliance with national standards and promotes lifelong learning. We require fulfillment of the following criteria for board certification:

  •  Candidates must have been previously certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties member board. Initially, NBPAS will only certify physicians in selected specialties.  Other specialties and other boards will follow.
  • Candidates must have a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in at least one US state.
  • Candidates must have completed a minimum of 50 hours of continuing medical education (CME) within the past 24 months, provided by a recognized provider of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). CME must be related to one or more of the specialties in which the candidate is applying. Re-entry for physicians with lapsed certification requires 100 hours of CME with the past 24 months.
  • For some specialties (ie interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, critical care), candidates must have active privileges to practice that specialty in at least one  US hospital licensed by a nationally recognized credentialing organization with deeming authority from CMS (ie JCHAO, HFAP, DNV).
  • A candidate who has had their medical staff appointment/membership or clinical privileges in the specialty for which they are seeking certification involuntarily revoked and not reinstated, must have subsequently maintained medical staff appointment/membership or clinical privileges for at least 24 months in another US hospital licensed by a nationally recognized credentialing organization with deeming authority from CMS (ie JCHAO, HFAP, DNV)."

For the full report from MedPage Today, please click here.

Final Post from Your NAMSS Blog Subject Matter Expert (SME) - Thank You for the Opportunity to Serve You

Wed, 2014-12-31 13:32
Dear Medical Staff Professionals,

This will be my final post as your NAMSS Blog Subject Matter Expert. The NAMSS board made a decision recently to bring this function back in house for NAMSS social media staff to perform. I have served NAMSS in many capacities over the years but this has been the most interesting to me and I feel it has been beneficial to our members. I could not let it go by without thanking each of our members for the opportunity to serve each of you. Happy New Year!

Respectfully, Bonnie Conley

ECFMG to use World Directory of Medical Schools

Mon, 2014-12-29 08:35
Beginning in 2015, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) will replace the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) with the World Directory of Medical Schools to determine an applicant's eligibility for ECFMG certification. Please visit the ECFMG website here for more information.

New Surgeon General Confirmed by the U.S. Senate

Mon, 2014-12-29 08:31
According to a report by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Senate voted 51-43 to confirm the appointment of Vivek Hallegere Murthy, MD, as the new Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Murthy is "a hospitalist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School." For more information, visit the AHA's news site here.

The Changing Demographics of Medical School Student Enrollment

Tue, 2014-12-09 14:44
Students are enrolling in American medical schools in increasing numbers and come from more diverse cultural and academic/volunteer/professional backgrounds than ever before. Greater numbers of African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native American students are enrolling according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Additionally, "Three-quarters of this year’s crop of applicants have research experience, and more than three-quarters reported volunteer community service in some kind of health care setting," according to a release by the AMA Wire.

Read more here.

Enrollment at Osteopathic Medical Colleges Continues to Rise

Wed, 2014-12-03 09:33
According to data from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), enrollment for new students at osteopathic medical colleges rose 5.2 percent for the fall of 2014.

"Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO of AACOM, believes the expanding number of DO students and graduates underscores the relevance of osteopathic physicians to the needs of a changing healthcare landscape.

'As interest in osteopathic medicine continues to grow and transform the future of healthcare, osteopathic physicians will play an increasingly critical role in ensuring the delivery of quality patient care at a time of significant change in the U.S. health system,' said Dr. Shannon."

Read more here.

AMA Expresses Support for the FSMB Interstate Licensure Compact

Mon, 2014-11-17 08:41
At its 2014 Interim Meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) expressed support for the FSMB Interstate Licensure Compact. AMA President Elect Steven J. Stack, MD, stated, “At least 10 state medical boards have adopted the compact, which streamlines the licensing process for physicians seeking licenses in multiple states and increases patient access to telemedicine services. We encourage more states to sign on to the compact so that we can ensure standards of care are maintained, whether treatment is provided in-person or via telemedicine.” Read the full press release from the AMA at the link below.

Video From the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

Mon, 2014-11-17 08:36
The link below will take you to an excellent video from the FSMB regarding their interstate licensure compact.