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FierceHealthcare: Do differences in physician and NP training impact patient care?

Fri, 2014-04-11 10:59
Ilene MacDonald, April 10

Remapping Debate examines the ongoing arguments about expanded scope of practice

"As most states expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners (NPs) in an effort to combat the growing physician shortage, Remapping Debate explores the differences in training between the providers and whether those difference impact patient care."

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Data Bank News: Did You Know...An Organization May Designate Multiple Data Bank Administrators?

Thu, 2014-04-03 11:09
Did you know...Organizations registered with the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) may assign more than one Data Bank administrator to share administrator responsibilities and duties. The main benefit for user account holders is the availability of more than one person to exercise the account privileges of Data Bank administrators...

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AAMC: Landmark Agreement Formalizes Accreditation of U.S. and Canadian Medical Education Programs

Tue, 2014-04-01 14:15
Sarah Mann

"The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) recently formalized a long-standing partnership through a memorandum of understanding. Although the two groups have worked together for more than 50 years to accredit medical education programs in the United States and Canada, they did not have an agreement codifying the relationship until now."

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H&HN Daily: ACHE 2014 Congress Presents New Skills for New Leaders

Thu, 2014-03-27 11:41
There has been a lot of discussion at the American College of Healthcare Executives' (ACHE) 2014 Congress this week on developing the skills necessary to adjust to, and to take a leadership role on, healthcare reform.  The video below provides insight as to how MSPs should prepare for these ongoing and upcoming changes to help them become the go-to resources for their medical staffs.

Watch the video and read more about the ACHE Congress at H&HN Daily. DEA Publishes Proposal to Reschedule Hydrocodone Combination Products

Mon, 2014-03-24 10:15
"The U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to move hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to Schedule II, as recommended by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as supported by the DEA’s own evaluation of relevant data.  This NPRM proposes to impose the regulatory controls and sanctions applicable to Schedule II substances on those who handle or propose to handle HCPs."

Read the proposed rule here.

MedPage Today: 5 Things to Know About the New NCQA Standards

Thu, 2014-03-20 10:41
As you know, NCQA recently updated its patient-centered medical home recognition standards -- the first update since 2011. 

David Pittman, Washington Correspondent for MedPage Today, discusses five important things to know about the updated standards at

HFAP Implements New OPPE/FPPE Standards for Critical Access Hospitals

Tue, 2014-03-18 10:14
HFAP's 2014 Critical Access Hospital Manual includes OPPE/FPPE Medical Staff standards, effective January 1, 2015.

Read more about these new standards from HFAP.

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Medical Board Case

Thu, 2014-03-13 10:05
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to determine whether a federal agency has the right to intervene in state medical licensure board decisions.  The U.S. Court of Appeals previously ruled in favor of the FTC -- essentially stating that state medical licensure boards are subject to antitrust laws. 

Learn more about this case and other antitrust measures from the AMA Litigation Center.

Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Communities Commit to a Single Graduate Medical Education Accreditation System

Wed, 2014-03-05 12:12
February 26, 2014

"The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs in the U.S.

After months of discussion, the allopathic and osteopathic medical communities have committed to work together to prepare future generations of physicians with the highest quality GME, ultimately helping to ensure the quality and safety of health care delivery."

Read more here.

The Joint Commission Seeks Comments on Diagnostic Imaging Standards

Mon, 2014-03-03 15:20
The Joint Commission seeks feedback on its Diagnostic Imaging Standards Changes for Radiologists’ Qualifications and Competency  Through April 10, 2014, the Joint Commission is accepting feedback on its proposed requirements regarding the qualifications and competency for radiologists who provide diagnostic computed technology (CT) services in the Ambulatory Care, Hospital, and Critical Access Hospitals programs.

To learn more about the proposal, or to submit comments, go to

The Joint Commission Wants your Feedback

Wed, 2014-02-19 11:20
The Joint Commission (TJC) would like to hear from you about ways in which it could improve its website.  The link below leads to a 15-minute survey that will collect your feedback.  If you regularly visit TJC's website, take this opportunity to send your thoughts along.  They're listening!

Complete the survey at

TheDO: Practicing after one year of GME: Is it feasible? Should it be?

Tue, 2014-02-18 10:43
Carolyn Schierhorn, February 5, 2014
"'Is it possible today to practice medicine in the U.S. after one year of residency or a stand-alone internship?' The answer to this popular question on Student Doctor Network is yes—in 37 states for DOs and 33 states for MDs who graduated from U.S. medical schools, according to the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). But physicians who choose this once-common path for general practitioners face a number of hurdles."

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NAMSS Submits Feedback on NPDB's Revised Guidebook

Wed, 2014-02-12 11:45

In late November, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which administers the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), requested public feedback on its revisions to the NPDB Guidebook.  

These revisions included legislative and regulatory changes that the NPDB adopted since 2001, including the NPDB and Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank merger.  A volunteer Task Force reviewed the Guidebook and submitted comments on behalf of NAMSS in late January. 

A special thank you to our Task Force members for all of their time and hard work:  Barb Ortolf, Faith Rhoades, Jim Wilson, Kywana Hooks, and Susan Lapenta.

Dallas News: Federal Suit: Baylor Failed to Stop Cocaine-Using Surgeon from Harming Patients

Wed, 2014-02-05 12:00
Miles Moffeit, January 30, 2014

"A federal lawsuit is accusing Baylor Health Care System of failing to properly monitor or investigate a Plano neurosurgeon – recently barred from practicing in Texas – despite repeated warnings about his “drug problem” and “lack of competence.”

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano didn’t seek Dr. Christopher Duntsch’s resignation amid months of botched spinal treatments until one of his patients died in March 2012, according to the suit."

Read more about this case from Dallas News

ACGME Announces New Guidance on Preparing Future Physicians for Healthcare System Changes

Wed, 2014-01-29 11:34
January 27, 2014

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) issued the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Pathways to Excellence to provide guidance to graduate medical education training programs on teaching to the future of healthcare.  CLER focuses on preparing future doctors for the fast-changing healthcare system that they will encounter.

Read more about this initiative from ACGME.  

AMA Wire: Adopting Medical Liability Reform a Top Legislative Issue for Medical Associations in 2014

Mon, 2014-01-27 11:32
"As state lawmakers prepare for this year’s legislative sessions, about 200 medical association leaders last week discussed strategies for advancing medicine’s top legislative and regulatory priorities in 2014. Four issues came out at the top of the list." 
The AMA cites medical liability reform as one of the four main issues medical associations will take to state legislatures this year.

Read more about medical liability reform and the AMA's full list at AMA Wire.

FSMB: State Medical Board Effort to Streamline Medical Licensing Gains Support in U.S. Senate

Tue, 2014-01-21 12:03
Bipartisan group says new licensing concept is ‘in best interests of physicians and patients’

January 14, 2014

A bipartisan group of 16 U.S. Senators has publicly commended state medical boards and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) for their recent efforts to streamline the licensing process for physicians who wish to practice in multiple states – thus helping facilitate the use of telemedicine and increasing access to care throughout the United States.

Learn more from FSMB.

HealthLeaders Media: Top Healthcare Buzzwords for 2014, Part 2

Wed, 2014-01-15 14:50
Do you know your PROs from your CACs? Big changes in healthcare mean big changes in the way providers and payers talk. This guide helps sort things out.Cheryl Clark; January 3, 2014 The language of change is getting to sound familiar, but precisely what all the new terms mean is not exactly clear. Since these words and phrases will be more widespread in the coming year, it's helpful to get some clarity.  The first seven are covered in Part 1.  Here's Part 2.

NAMSS Gateway Arrives Tomorrow

Tue, 2014-01-14 12:57

Introducing NAMSS GatewayNAMSS is excited to introduce a NEW, IMPROVED, and FREE monthly newsletter that will arrive in your inbox tomorrow!

NAMSS Gateway, our completely redesigned newsletter, will incorporate all of the important information from NAMSS' Member E-News and Education E-news every month. From now on, NAMSS Gateway will be a critical source for the latest healthcare and medical staff service industry news, helping you stay plugged in to industry changes as they happen.
To produce NAMSS Gateway, our editorial staff monitors nearly 12,000 newspapers, business publications, Web sites, national and international wire services, and other periodicals and connects you right to the original source of the information. This must-read publication will arrive in your inbox once a month, so keep your eyes peeled.
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