Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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

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.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

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

"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.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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

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.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

HealthLeaders Media: Top Healthcare Buzzwords for 2014, Part 2

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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

NAMSS Gateway Arrives Tomorrow

Introducing NAMSS Gateway

NAMSS 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.

Have colleagues who would benefit from receiving NAMSS Gateway? Tell them to create a free profile on the NAMSS website to subscribe today!

Monday, January 13, 2014

HealthLeaders Media: Top Healthcare Buzzwords for 2014, Part 1

Big changes in healthcare mean big changes in the way providers and payers talk. Many terms being bandied about don't have clear or solid meanings, but this guide helps sort things out.

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 2, 2014

This is the year the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will get into full swing. Healthcare providers are already creating their own jargon to convey some of the complex concepts behind the law.

Some of it is starting to sound familiar, but what it all means is not exactly clear.

Go to HealthLeaders Media for Part I of the 2014 projected healthcare buzzwords.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Register for the NCQA Credentialing Standards and Update Webinar

Register Today for a Live Webinar:
NCQA Credentialing Standards and Update!

January 23, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m ET
Start the New Year on the right foot - get up to speed on your professional development and sign-up to attend NAMSS' first webinar in 2014 - NCQA Credentialing Standards and Update

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)'s, Assistant Director of Policy, Frank Stelling will provide an overview of the committee's credentialing standards and introduce recent updates to the standards. Webinar participants will gain a broader understanding of the credentialing process and learn how to help their managed care organizations meet these standards. This webinar has been approved for 1.0 CE Credits.
NAMSS Members
Frank Stelling
Frank Stelling is the Assistant Director of Policy and Accreditation at NCQA. He directs the annual publication of all accreditation and certification products published by NCQA and serves as product champion for all new products produced by the Policy unit. He is the lead on all federal and state deeming activities, including the Medicare Deeming program. He is a member of the Policy Development Group; an interdepartmental work group charged with resolving policy issues.

Mr. Stelling has over 40 years’ experience in health care with focus on preventive services, disease management, and quality improvement. Before joining NCQA in 2001, he held management positions with state and county health departments, hospitals, voluntary health organizations and a managed care organization. Mr. Stelling holds a Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina and a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Contact the NAMSS Education Team at or (202) 367-2391 for more information.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

HRSA Extends Deadline for Feedback on NPDB's Revised Guidebook

January 3, 2014

The Health Resources and Services Administration has extended its deadline for public comment on the revised NPDB Guidebook draft to Friday, January 31. provides more information about the Guidebook, as well as comment instructions.

NAMSS is drafting comments and encourages your facilities to do so as well.  Please contact Molly Giammarco ( with any questions.