Tuesday, November 26, 2013

HRSA Seeking Feedback on Revised NPDB Guidebook

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which oversees the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), is seeking public comment on a draft of its revised NPDB Guidebook.  According to HRSA, the Guidebook revisions include legislative and regulatory changes adopted since its last edition (2001), as well as the merger of the NPDB with the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank. 

NAMSS is compiling a task force to provide feedback on the revised Guidebook.  If you are interested or have specific feedback that you would like the task force to include, please contact Molly Giammarco (mgiammarco@namss.org).  

Read more about the revised NPDB Guidebook.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MedPage Today: Residency Slots: A Crisis in the Making?

David Pittman, November 7, 2013

Alicia Billington can't help but be more nervous than usual about this coming spring's Match Day.

Last March, Billington, a fourth year MD-PhD candidate at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, saw several classmates end up unmatched to any residency program at the end of the excitement-filled day.

The aspiring plastic and reconstructive surgeon doesn't want to be like some other medical school graduates, without a residency -- or in a specialty she doesn't want -- after the dust settles on Match Day 2014.

Read the rest from MedPage

Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week!

How Do We Help Keep our Patients Safe? 
  • Through credentialing and privileging qualified and competent providers.
  • Through ensuring that the Organized Medical Staff business is performed, documented, and endorsed by our MEC and Governing Board.
  • Through helping to  implement initiatives that our Organized Medical Staff and Governing Board approve. 
  • Through providing guidance and support to help our medical staff leaders make informed decisions.
  • Through publishing the ER Call Schedule in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Through tracking expiring credentials in all medical staff/allied health files.
  • Through facilitating adherence to the medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, TJC standards, and CMS and TDH guidelines.
  • Through informing with the organized medical staff through newsletters and other effective communication mediums.