Friday, May 29, 2015

Register Today for NAMSS' 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition

Join NAMSS in Seattle, Washington for the 39th Educational Conference and Exhibition, October 3 to 7, 2015. This year’s educational conference will feature more than 30 sessions, giving you the freedom to choose your own educational pathway.

This year, we are excited to offer four unique tracks centered around Embracing Change: A Journey of Leadership, allowing you to pick sessions that are most important to you! This year’s tracks include:
  • Professional Development
  • Credentialing and Privileging
  • Executive Leadership
  • Legal
Arriving to Seattle before the official start to the conference? Attend one of our Pre-Conference Workshops and take advantage of this great way to help you prepare for your upcoming CPCS or CPMSM exam. Along with the educational offerings, network with your peers and create new relationships with other members in the industry. While interacting with your peers, be sure to meet with innovative and leading exhibitors who will showcase the latest technology and services within the field.

Register on or before Friday, July 24 for early bird savings on your conference registration! Not a NAMSS member? Join now to receive additional savings of up to $150!

The Sheraton Seattle Hotel is the headquarters hotel for the NAMSS 39th Educational Conference & Exhibition. NAMSS has secured a discounted rate of $199 per night for a single or double room. Both the Washington State Convention Center (where all conference events will be convening) and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel are a short walk away from a variety of shops as well as the famous Pike Place Market. The hotel reservation cut-off date is September 10, 2015.

Monday, May 11, 2015

NAMSS 2015 Payer Credentialing Standards Roundtable A Success

On May 7, 2015, the National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) held the 2015 Payer Credentialing Standards Roundtable at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD. NAMSS brought together thought leaders from across the health care industry to discuss essential common practices for practitioner credentialing with payer organizations. These practices can be utilized to improve both credentialing efficiency and patient safety.

Credentialing is the gateway to patient safety. Preventable adverse events in healthcare kill 200,000 to 400,000 Americans annually, making them the third leading cause of death in the United States. Some of these deaths could be avoided if the healthcare system could better identify unqualified healthcare practitioners through the credentialing process. Industry collaboration is essential to realize a credentialing system that reduces costs, streamlines the process, and – ultimately – protects patients. That is why NAMSS convened this important Roundtable discussion.

In May 2014, NAMSS also assembled the Ideal Credentialing Standards (ICS) Roundtable to discuss essential common practices for provider credentialing at medical facilities. By working collaboratively with participants from both the 2014 and 2015 Roundtables, NAMSS hopes to create a better, more efficient credentialing system that best serves patients.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Physician Credentialing and Technological Advancement

As Health Leaders Media reports, a commentary recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlights the ever-evolving relationship between physician credentialing and technology. In the words of one of the University of Michigan researchers who co-authored the JAMA commentary, "As surgical innovations continue to emerge, and as pressures from patients and hospital administrators to be on the cutting edge of technology continue to increase, strengthening hospitals' credentialing and privileging for new procedures should be a high-yield target for improving patient safety." For the full report from HLM, please click here.