Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TJC Waived Testing FAQ

An excerpt from TJC's FAQ: 

Are competency assessments required for licensed independent practitioners (LIP's) performing waived testing?

"When a licensed independent practitioner (LIP) performs waived testing that does not involve an instrument, there is no Joint Commission requirement for documentation of competency when the test is a logical part of his or her specialty and the organization has specifically privileged the provider to perform the test(s).  Through the medical staff credentialing process, individual practitioners may be privileged for those specific waived tests appropriate to their scope of practice and no further assessment of skills or documentation of competence is required." 

 Read more about it from TJC.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Check out FSMB's Physician-Patient Communications Resource Center

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has compiled a series of reference documents that provide physicians guidance on effective communication with colleagues, patients, and administrators.

Share FSMB's resource with your medical staff today!

Friday, April 11, 2014

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

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."

Read the rest at fiercehealthcare.com.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

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

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...

Read more about it at npdb.hrsa.gov. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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

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."

Read the rest at aamc.org.