Friday, August 24, 2012

ABMS News Release: Additional ABMS Member Boards Drop End Dates: Emphasize Continuous Involvement in Maintenance of Certification

August 9, 2012

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announced that three additional Member Boards are emphasizing continuous involvement in their respective Maintenance of Certification programs. Ongoing certification with each Member Board is contingent upon meeting the Maintenance of Certification requirements for the specific Member Board, which are part of the ABMS Maintenance of Certification® (ABMS MOC®) program. As a result, each of the three Member Boards listed below have eliminated specific “end dates” for their participating Board Certified physicians. The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and American Board of Radiology (ABR) have joined the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) in emphasizing the continuous nature of the ABMS MOC program.

Read the rest here.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 Setting a global standard for medical education

A 2023 rule that all IMGs graduate from appropriately accredited medical schools to practice in the U.S. is fueling global education requirements.

Carolyne Krupa, Aug. 13, 2012

As an international medical graduate, Dr. Saby Karuppiah, MPH, knows the challenges of becoming certified to practice in the United States. He also knows that all medical schools are different. Views on how to prepare students to practice medicine vary by school and by culture.

“Even though a vast majority of IMG physicians are competent and well-trained like myself, a few undertrained IMGs can give a bad rap to all IMGs in general,” said Dr. Karuppiah, who went to medical school at Sri Ramachandra University in India and completed residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Click here for the full story.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Medical staff has no standing to sue hospital, court rules

The Minnesota Medical Assn. and others say the case’s final ruling could put staff rights at risk.

Alicia Gallegos, Aug. 20, 2012.

A physician medical staff is not an independent, unincorporated body and therefore cannot sue the hospital where it operates, a Minnesota court has ruled. The decision answers one question in a legal dispute between a group of doctors and Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, but other issues remain.

A judge still must decide if hospital bylaws should be considered a contract between doctors and medical centers, and if hospital administrators can unilaterally repeal those rules.

Read the full article here.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Great News!! E-Synergy is Live!!

You won't have to wait for the mail to be delivered to read Synergy this month, your interactive eSYNERGY with all the latest news for MSPs is now available online! Our vendor issue was a perfect edition to choose for our launch as you will notice when you browse through the vendor pages, hyperlinks to each vendor's website are included in the text. All you need to do is hover over the hyperlink, click, and you will go directly from SYNERGY to the featured vendor's website.

Want to email the author of one of our featured articles? Just hover and click over the email address and your mail messaging system will be activated. Forget your reading glasses again? Just double click on the plus sign to enlarge the text for easy reading. Want to "like" one of our articles on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest? You can do that directly from SYNERGY. You can also email an article directly to a fellow MSP or other interested party. There are so many features to mention!

All NAMSS members should have received a link to a survey, so they can share their thoughts and comments about this enhanced member benefit. If you don’t have that link, click here OR access eSYNERGY and click the hyperlink to the left of the cover.

These are exciting times for NAMSS as we move to a new level of technology for sharing best practices and information.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Q&A with the Joint Commission

Mr. John Herringer, Associate Director, Standards Interpretation Group for the Joint Commission, has some great news to share with us about the Joint Commission Standards that are about to be published for this year.  The good news is there are no changes in the medical staff standards.  With that in mind, Mr. Herringer will devote his UPCOMING webinar on Joint Commission Surveys by responding to our burning questions about TJC and or any of their current standards.   Please submit your questions via this blog to:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Improve Patient Outcomes by Partnering for Performance

Now more than ever, hospital legal teams regularly depend on physicians and medical services professionals to work efficiently and create a culture of patient safety. Communication and collaboration are keys to achieving success in such an interdependent environment.

Looking for an opportunity to improve how you work with your colleagues to provide safety and optimal care in your facility? Join National Association Medical Staff Services, in partnership with American Health Lawyers Association, American Medical Association -- Organized Medical Staff Section, and American College of Physician Executives for:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
San Francisco, CA

This full-day workshop features a comprehensive agenda tailored to physician leaders and the colleagues they rely on every day. Sample sessions include:
  • Investigations and Hearings: Controlling the Moving Parts
          Linda Haddad, JD
  • Dealing with Disruptive, Impaired Practitioners and Aging Practitioners               
          Michael Callahan, JD
  • The National Healthcare Crisis – How to Solve it Through Quality and Medical Staff Leadership
          Brent C. James, MD, MStat

Legal education, medical staff leadership, and credentialing tracks ensure that every attendee will receive information relevant to their field, and CME credits will be available. Download and print the Partnering for Performance brochure for information to share with your colleagues. Then, register online to learn how to better communicate and collaborate across departments and disciplines.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Preview of Melissa Walters' Synergy Article

Please click here to read NAMSS SYNERGY Editor Melissa Walters' message in the July/August issue.  Keep and eye out for your print copy of the July/August SYNEGRY to learn how E-Synergy can be a great resource for you!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

E-Synergy: A Great New Feature

Where Do you Keep your Synergy Magazines?
Many times over the years, I have wanted to reference a past Synergy article and had to refer to my four three-inch binders of magazines on my bookcase to try to find it.  It would take time to look through all of these binders and try to remember when the article was published.

Over a year and a half ago, I took a position at a new hospital.  When I packed up my office, I had two boxes full of the three-inch binders with all my past Synergy magazines.  I thought as I packed them and moved them from my car to my garage to my new office, "Should I keep all of these?"  But quickly I said, "Yes, I might need them someday."

I was excited to read Melissa Walter's Synergy Editor article about the new technology for Synergy.  I can now recycle my binders of past magazines and utilize this great new tool.  In minutes, I will be able to find an article simply by typing a few key words.  I can now bookmark articles that I am interested in reading later and I can view them online -- and in large print!!  I won't have to be at my office to look at Synergy; I can pull it up on my IPHONE, IPAD, or laptop.  This is a great change that we definitely will not hate, as Charles Kettering said, it will certainly bring on progress.  Thank you, NAMSS, for this great new tool!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 iRobot introduces telepresence doctor

David Szondy, July 26, 2012

In a medical emergency, seconds count. But if the doctor needed is in another part of the hospital or even another part of town, then those seconds can stretch dangerously. If only the doctor could be in two places at once, then countless lives could be saved. This is one of the most promising applications in the emerging field of telepresence robotics and RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant) - a joint development by the robotics firm iRobot and telemedicine company InTouch Health - is aiming to bring this closer to reality.

Read the full article here.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Technology and the MSP: Tips on Staying Updated

With all the changes going on in healthcare, it is more important than ever to keep up-to-date on what is going on in our industry. As I mention in my March/April 2012 Synergy article, “Preparing NAMSS for the Next Generation of MSPs Through the Use of Technology,” we are so fortunate to have such wonderful technologies at our fingertips that keep us informed.

For instance, NAMSS offers this blog as one electronic way to stay abreast of news and happenings. Do you ever wonder how I find interesting stories to post on the NAMSS blog? I take advantage of several electronic tools that are readily available online. One of my favorites is "Google Reader," which is an online tool I use to gather, read, and share the blogs and websites that I frequently visit. It saves me time because I don't need to visit each website for the latest news.

Instead, the latest news from each website feeds into my personalized Google Reader. All I do is log into my Reader and view the stories at a glance. You can use Google Reader on any website that has an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed feature. RSS feeds are a way for websites to distribute new content as it becomes available. When you subscribe to a feed in Google Reader, the latest posts or stories will appear in your Reader. You can share your Reader or individual stories you find on it with friends or colleagues with a few simple clicks.

As NAMSS continues to roll out its technology initiative, it will introduce more electronic ways to stay current on the latest happenings in healthcare and the medical staff services industry. Watch for more on these great tools coming soon!