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Clinical Integration: It?s about the physicians!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 21, 2013

    The Greeley Company has a number of new programs to offer, including one titled Training Physicians...

Berwick: Quest program results ’a breakthrough’

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 21, 2013

    Premier Healthcare Alliance's data- and practice-sharing project, Quest, has saved 92,000 lives and...

Can group medical appointments help with physician shortage?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 21, 2013

    By holding group appointments with patients with similar medical concerns, physicians can increase...

Oregon governor signs medical lawsuit mediation bill

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 21, 2013

    Oregon governor John Kitzhaber signed a bill on March 18 that creates a new process that allows...

Tip: How to be a good mentor

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 14, 2013

    R. Dean White, DDS, MS, a medical staff advisor and coach, provides quality advice for medical...

News and briefs: Healthcare workers trustworthy, ethical

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 6, 2012

    A recent Gallup poll finds healthcare professionals are the most trusted workers in the US, reports...

News and briefs: Cardiologists post lower readmission rates than hospitalists

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 6, 2012

    Congestive heart failure (CHF) patients are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital when...

Tip of the week: Reduce meeting overload

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 6, 2012

    The medical staff services departments should take into consideration physicians' time constraints...

Featured live event: Hospital and physician leadership seminars

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 6, 2012

    The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., invites you to an engaging and informative seminar...

Notice: Your subscription will have a new name in the coming weeks

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 6, 2012

    Very shortly, Medical Staff Leader Connection will be replaced with Medical Staff Leader Insider...

Featured blog post: Thinking about going paperless?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 29, 2012

    The medical staff services department (MSSD) at Children’s Medical Center Dallas is...

Tip of the week: Encourage department chairs to give updates at MEC meetings

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 29, 2012

    This week, we look at the last suggested item to keep on the medical executive committee’s...

News and briefs: California braces for shortage of primary care physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 29, 2012

    At least two million Californians are expected to gain access to healthcare when the Affordable...

Featured live event: Hospital and physician leadership seminars

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 29, 2012

    The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., invites you to an engaging and informative seminar...

Notice: Your subscription will have a new name in the coming weeks

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 29, 2012

    Very shortly, Medical Staff Leader Connection will be replaced with Medical Staff Leader Insider...

News and briefs: Healthcare agency wants to hear from victims of medical harm

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 15, 2012

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) plans to pilot a patient harm reporting...

Featured live event: Hospital and physician leadership seminars

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 15, 2012

    The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., invites you to an engaging and informative seminar...

Letter from the editor: MCLS takes a week off

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 15, 2012

    Dear readers, Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Medical Staff Leader Connection will not be...

Tip of the week: Encourage department chairs to give updates at MEC meetings

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 15, 2012

    In talking about which items to keep on the regular agenda of the medical executive committee...

News and briefs: Physicians not responsible for third-parties

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 8, 2012

    The Connecticut Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of physicians, by protecting them from being...

Ask the expert: What information should we provide on our medical staff website?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 8, 2012

    Before creating a website, Lynette Fisher, CPMSM, CPCS, medical staff coordinator at St. Vincent...

Tip of the week: Spend time talking about issues that affect medical staff

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 8, 2012

    Last week we discussed which hospital status reports should stay on the medical executive...

Letter from the editor: Celebrate National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week with HCPro

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 1, 2012

    Dear readers, As members of the medical staff services department, your hard work often flies...

Tip of the week: Limit strategic reports to those needing discussion

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 1, 2012

    In looking at which items stay on the medical executive committee’s regular agenda, as...

News and briefs: Mandatory flu shots for RI healthcare workers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 1, 2012

    Rhode Island became the first state in the U.S. to adopt a flu immunization requirement for all...

Ask the expert: Who should we include on our technology assessment committee?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 1, 2012

    Because it is difficult to have all clinical areas represented in a well-functioning committee, it...

Featured blog post: Who should pay for medical education?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 25, 2012

    One of the biggest issues residents face when they complete the medical training program is how to...

News and briefs: Court says medical staff bylaws are not a contract between hospital and medical staff

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 25, 2012

    A Minnesota district court recently ruled that although medical staff bylaws are enforceable and a...

Tip of the week: MEC should put physicians' concerns in writing

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 25, 2012

    Last week, we discussed the importance of dedicating a set amount of time on the medical executive...

HCPro survey: What is your average application TAT?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 25, 2012

    Credentialing Resource Center wants to know what your organization’s average turnaround time...

News and briefs: Mississippi tops list of physician shortage woes

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 25, 2012

    Mississippi’s 159.4 physicians per 100,000 people is the lowest ratio in the country...

News and briefs: Recruiter sees common mistakes in physician recruitment

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 18, 2012

    With 25 years of experience recruiting physicians, Tony Stajduhar says there are three mistakes...

HCPro survey: What is your average application TAT?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 18, 2012

    Credentialing Resource Center wants to know what your organization’s average turnaround time...

Tip of the week: Set a plan for discussing subpar physician performance

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 18, 2012

    Last week, we discussed which medical staff applications the medical executive committee need to...

Tip of the week: Focus on credentials applications with red flags

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 11, 2012

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Blog post: What does documentation have to do with peer review?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 11, 2012

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News and briefs: Massachusetts needs more specialists

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 11, 2012

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Ask the expert: We received a reapplication from a physician who is now considered a low-volume provider. What should we do with it?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 11, 2012

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News and briefs: P4P programs created under healthcare law now underway

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 4, 2012

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Ask the expert: What should we include in our medical staff leaders' performance evaluations?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 4, 2012

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News and briefs: Majority of physicians would opt to retire

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 4, 2012

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Tip of the week: Develop a meaningful MEC agenda

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 4, 2012

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Ask the expert: Do proctors need to be trained before being assigned to a case?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 27, 2012

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Blog post: Take a breather for everyone's sake

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 27, 2012

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Tip of the week: Make your active category specialty specific

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 27, 2012

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News and briefs: Patients skip over rural hospitals

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 27, 2012

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News and briefs: Are longer visits with patients a cure to their ailment?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 27, 2012

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News and briefs: Details of Medicare cuts announced

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 20, 2012

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Tip of the week: Recruit and retain the right leaders

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 20, 2012

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Ask the expert: Should we use consensus or majority rule when voting at medical staff meetings?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 20, 2012

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News and briefs: Buffalo PCPs and insurer create medical home, hope to attract more physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 13, 2012

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News and briefs: Majority of patients fret over medical errors

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 13, 2012

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Tip of the week: Develop the right medical staff structure

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 13, 2012

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News and briefs: Three ABMS boards drop end dates

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 6, 2012

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Ask the expert: What should a department chair focus on during an intervention with a physician who has performance issues?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 6, 2012

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Tip of the week: Develop the right culture

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 6, 2012

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Ask the expert: Is peer review of individual cases considered perception data?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 30, 2012

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News and briefs: Women make more money as PAs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 30, 2012

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News and briefs: Physicians more burnt out than other US workers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 30, 2012

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Tip of the week: Establish the right relationship with physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 30, 2012

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New blog post: Is Texas Medical Board getting job done?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 30, 2012

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Ask the expert: We are approaching the seven-day mark and have a patient grievance that has not been reviewed. Is there anything we can do to stay in compliance with the CMS regulation regarding patient grievances?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 23, 2012

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News and briefs: Hospitalists salaries on the rise

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 23, 2012

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News and briefs: Missouri eliminates noneconomic damages cap

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 23, 2012

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Tip of the week: Use a multidimensional approach to find quality physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 23, 2012

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Ask the expert: What are the pitfalls of physicians treating family members?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 16, 2012

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News and briefs: 'Disruptive doc' awarded $3 million for sham peer review

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 16, 2012

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Tip of the week: Identify the type of physicians needed

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 16, 2012

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Featured webcast: When OPPE leads to FPPE

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 16, 2012

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News and briefs: Job characteristics affect unprofessional behavior by hospitalists

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 9, 2012

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Letter from the editor: Medical Staff Leaders blog partners with Credentialing Resource Center

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 9, 2012

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Featured webcast: When OPPE leads to FPPE

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 9, 2012

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Tip of the week: Identify the right number of physicians for your hospital

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 9, 2012

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News and briefs: Few adverse events get reported to state systems

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 2, 2012

    Only one percent of adverse and temporary harm events at hospitals get reported to state adverse...

Tip of the week: Use the 'Seven Rs' to assess medical staff model options

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 2, 2012

    To carry out effective strategic medical staff development planning, hospitals and medical staffs...

Ask the expert: How often should the medical staff provide physicians with feedback?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 2, 2012

    Because hospital quality programs traditionally focus on negative feedback, physicians don’t...

OPPE, FPPE, quality assurance systems, and core measures

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, August 2, 2012

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company will address current issues in peer review...

FPPE five years on: What have we learned? What works?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 26, 2012

    Dear Colleague, When The Joint Commission (TJC) introduced the term focused professional...

Letter from the editor: Help Credentialing Resource Center plan its next event

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 26, 2012

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News and briefs: Medical malpractice payments hit low in 2011

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 26, 2012

    For the eighth consecutive year, medical malpractice payments by physicians decreased, reaching its...

News and briefs: Number of NPs will double by 2025

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 26, 2012

    In 2008, there were approximately 128,000 nurse practitioners (NP) in the United States. This...

Tip of the week: Put a process in place that fits low- and no-volume practitioners

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 26, 2012

    To develop the best approach to low- and no-volume practitioners in your healthcare community, it...

Ask the expert: How can we diffuse tensions among physicians when deciding to grant privileges across specialties?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2012

    Medical staffs should consider creating a multidisciplinary task force to deal with each specific...

News and briefs: Hospitals need to start preparing for effects of PPACA

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2012

    Now that the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...

Can non-privileged providers order outpatient tests?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 19, 2012

    For years, hospitals have honored the orders written by physicians that are not on their staff...

Healthcare reform and quality: Providers vs. policymakers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2012

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company will address current issues in peer review...

Featured webcast: Implementing communication strategies for OPPE reports and review processes

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2012

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Ask the expert: Our physicians are busy and hesitant to add another commitment to their schedule. Now they have to add time for FPPE proctoring. How can we schedule this without disrupting their lives too much?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2012

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News and briefs: Service lines in line with future of healthcare

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 12, 2012

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Tip of the week: Set up the room strategically before committee meeting

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 28, 2012

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News and briefs: NY legislators want central service technicians certified

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 28, 2012

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News and briefs: Small drop in physician-hospital engagement

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 28, 2012

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Qualifications: Credentials and privileges of medical staff and LIPs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 28, 2012

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Developing intended practice plans

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 21, 2012

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News and briefs: General surgeons see largest decline in income

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 21, 2012

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Ask the expert: How many FTEs should we include in our hospitalist program?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 21, 2012

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Featured webcast: OPPE Best Practices Series

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 21, 2012

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Bylaw amendments: Who can recommend it, what are the voting requirements?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 14, 2012

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Tip of the week: Make wellness programs more inclusive

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 14, 2012

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News and briefs: Compensation for on-call services vary by specialty, region

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 14, 2012

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News and briefs: Physicians can enroll in Medicare 60 days in advance

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 14, 2012

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Featured webcast: OPPE Best Practices Series

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 14, 2012

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Ask the expert: Who is responsible for creating a medical staff leadership succession plan?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 7, 2012

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News and briefs: Consumer Reports to rate Mass. physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 7, 2012

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News and brief: Recent medical school graduate's age sets him apart

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 7, 2012

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Projecting the electronic medical record

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 7, 2012

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company will address current issues in peer review...

News and briefs: Physicians embrace social media with guidance from facilities

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, May 31, 2012

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Ask the expert: We are forming a physician health committee to help rehabilitate our impaired physicians. Who should we choose to sit on this committee?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, May 31, 2012

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Book excerpt: Compensation for proctors

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, May 31, 2012

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News and briefs: Quality of care and patient perception don’t line up

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 24, 2012

    Patients' opinions of the care they receive can be quite different from the actual quality of the...

News and briefs: Healthcare facilities use of locum tenens remains steady

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 24, 2012

    In 2011, 75% of hospitals and other healthcare facilities used locum tenens to fill physician...

News and briefs: CMS final rule opens up medical staff, privileges to non-physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 18, 2012

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Ask the expert: Our health system is comprised of four hospitals. Can we share information on practitioners that have privileges at multiple hospitals?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 17, 2012

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Letter from the editor: Thanks for making year 15 a success

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 17, 2012

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Professional liability insurance as a criterion for privileges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 17, 2012

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company will address current issues in peer review, bylaws...

New conflicts of interest create new challenges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 10, 2012

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company will address current issues in peer review, bylaws...

News and briefs: Are doctors underpaid?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 10, 2012

    A column on CNN’s blog, The Chart, authored by plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, MD, explores why...

News and briefs: Survey shows minimal ACO participation among physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 10, 2012

    Physician participation in accountable care organizations (ACOs) is miniscule, according to a...

News and briefs: Physicians shy away from employee-assistance programs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 10, 2012

    Although 80% of physicians surveyed in a recent Archives of Surgery study noted a personal crisis...

News and briefs: Virginia law strengthens teamwork, expands care options

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 3, 2012

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Tip of the week: Group data should be part of OPPE

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 3, 2012

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Conflict of interest in an unaligned world

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 3, 2012

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company will address current issues in peer review...

News and briefs: ACA makes young physicians worried about future

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 26, 2012

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Heading to the CRC Symposium? Get a $25 AMEX gift card

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 26, 2012

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Accreditation: Why it matters to physician leaders

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 26, 2012

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Tip of the week: Don't nominate leaders at last minute

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 26, 2012

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Tip of the week: Delineate technical vs. substantive bylaws amendments

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 19, 2012

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Heading to the CRC Symposium? Get a $25 AMEX gift card

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 19, 2012

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Competency decisions after a leave of absence

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 19, 2012

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News and briefs: Tetris-inspired game teaches physicians about sepsis

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 19, 2012

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News and briefs: Physician workforce increases in Alaska; down in Ohio

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 19, 2012

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Get ready for a Joint Commission survey

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 12, 2012

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Get creative, get 50% off price of CRC Symposium

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 12, 2012

    One thing I’ve learned quickly in this role as credentialing editor is that MSPs love to...

News and briefs: Physician compensation tied to locale and experience

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 12, 2012

    A physician’s location on the map and in the department rankings are the two major factors in...

News and briefs: Specialty groups ID 'wasteful' procedures

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 12, 2012

    Nine medical specialty groups recently released their list of 45 tests and procedures commonly...

Peer review in unusual places

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 5, 2012

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Letter from the editor: Help us update our white paper library

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 5, 2012

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Tip of the week: Define medical staff leaders' roles in writing

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 5, 2012

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News and briefs: Ten steps toward successful patient engagement

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 5, 2012

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News and briefs: Part-time positions appeal to many categories of physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 5, 2012

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Book excerpt: Division Peer Review vs. Committee Peer Review

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 29, 2012

    Many organizations have provided a focused approach to peer review by identifying and addressing...

News and briefs: Healthcare organizations identify challenges to expanding existing service lines

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 29, 2012

    Seventy-five percent of health systems and hospitals plan to expand existing service lines, while...

Tip of the week: Take the burden out of credentialing telemedicine providers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 29, 2012

    CMS recently approved the final language of The Joint Commission standards regarding credentialing...

Get creative, get 50% off price of CRC Symposium

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 29, 2012

    One thing I’ve learned quickly in this role as credentialing editor is that MSPs love to...

News and briefs: Physicians? BMI weighs down on talking to patients about their BMI

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 22, 2012

    A recent study from the journal Obesity finds that a physician’s weight may affect their...

Tip of the week: Provide different orientation for different medical staff groups

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 22, 2012

    Organizations should develop thorough orientation programs to provide additional education about...

News and briefs: Hospitals focus on physician leadership training

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 22, 2012

    As hospitals offer more physicians employment, they are also offering more opportunities for...

Featured free webcast: ACOs influence on the MSP

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 22, 2012

    Accountable care organizations (ACOs) will create changes throughout the healthcare industry and...

Tip of the week: Plan how to measure changes to physicians' bad behavior

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 15, 2012

    Physicians with behavioral problems need to eliminate disruptive patterns, but how do you know if...

News and briefs: Bill aims to help employ Connecticut physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 15, 2012

    Connecticut legislators are scheduled to discuss a proposed bill to attract and retain more...

CRC chooses second contest winner

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 15, 2012

    Congratulations to Vicki Tauer, MSM, CPCS, CPMSM, for winning March’s free seat giveaway for...

Featured free webcast: ACOs influence on the MSP

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 15, 2012

    Accountable care organizations (ACOs) will create changes throughout the healthcare industry and...

News and briefs: More than 15% of surgeons admit to dependency issues

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 8, 2012

    An American College of Surgeons study found that 15.4% of surgeons (or 1,112) have a problem with...

Ask the expert: What are some of the dos and don'ts of developing a code of conduct policy?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 8, 2012

    Gaining buy in from your medical staff is one of the most important steps of implementing a...

Recognizing Exemplary Care

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 8, 2012

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Tip of the week: Conduct behavior-based interviews

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 1, 2012

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News and briefs: Hospitalists and PCPs get equivalent ranks from patients

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 1, 2012

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News and briefs: What is patient experience?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 1, 2012

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Featured blog post: Easier? It can make my job easier?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 1, 2012

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When a Hospital Joins a System What Changes in Credentialing?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 23, 2012

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

News and briefs: Family medicine is top AOA field for future physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 23, 2012

    Primary care is once again the most sought after area of healthcare employment amongst osteopathic...

News and briefs: Med-peds ease transition of patient care

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 23, 2012

    An increased number of physicians trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics (med-peds) can...

Featured blog post: Blah Blah Blah

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 23, 2012

    William F. Mills, M.D., MMM, CPE, FAAFP, CMSL, senior vice president of quality and professional...

What to look for when reviewing your bylaws

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 16, 2012

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Featured blog post: I'm Sorry, What Did You Say?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 16, 2012

    William F. Mills, M.D., MMM, CPE, FAAFP, CMSL, senior vice president of quality and professional...

Letter from the editor: CRC picks first free seat winner

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 16, 2012

    Congratulations to Kim Pepmeier Everett, medical staff office coordinator at Good Samaritan...

News and briefs: Obama budget allocates $88 million to pediatric training

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 16, 2012

    The proposed fiscal year 2013 budget contains $88 million dedicated to training pediatricians...

News and briefs: Palliative care specialty attracts young physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 9, 2012

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Running an effective peer review committee meeting

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 9, 2012

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Ask the expert: What should we include in our medical staff leader evaluations?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 9, 2012

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Featured blog post: Courtesy and Respect? Don?t have to; I?m the physician!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 9, 2012

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Financial Statements for Physician Leaders, Part II: The Balance Sheet

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2012

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News and briefs: ABFM enhances Maintenance of Certification process

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2012

    The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) recently made changes to its Maintenance of...

Featured blog post: Holy Moly, He Wants to Come Back!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2012

    At some point during their tenure, physician leaders will be faced with the tough decision of...

Ask the expert: Should medical staff bylaws address employment contracts and exclusive contracts?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2012

    Medical staffs should include a provision in the bylaws stating that if there is a contractual...

Featured webcast: Assessing the competence of low- and no-volume practitioners

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2012

    Create strategic solutions to privileging low- and no-volume practitioners with advice from two...

Tip of the week: Track and trend behavior issues

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 26, 2012

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Featured blog post: Pat Sat/HCAHPS/P4P - Huh?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 26, 2012

    William F. Mills, M.D., MMM, CPE, FAAFP, CMSL, senior vice president of quality and professional...

News and briefs: Patients want easier access to medical records

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 26, 2012

    Improved understanding and more involvement in care; these are two reasons patients would like...

You Won't Believe who's Asking for What Privileges Now

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 19, 2012

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company will address current issues in peer review...

News and briefs: Trust plays important role in acquisitions

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 19, 2012

    Integrating physicians, compensation, and trust are the three most challenging areas for healthcare...

News and briefs: Work of older and younger PAs compared

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 19, 2012

    Older physician’s assistants (PA) are more likely to work in primary care in a non-urban...

Tip of the week: Find a balance between compensation and productivity

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 19, 2012

    Although it is tempting to base a hospitalist’s compensation on productivity, doing so can...

Book excerpt: Putting the Competency Assessment to Work

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 12, 2012

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Tip of the week: Test organization prior to going paperless

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 12, 2012

    Turning to an electronic medium for credentialing and privileging information comes with a...

News and briefs: ACP Ethics Manual 6.0

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 12, 2012

    For the first time in seven years, the American College of Physicians (ACP) updated its ethics...

Featured blog post: Quality differences among hospitals

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2012

    In this week’s blog post, William F. Mills, MD, MMM, CPE, FAAFP, CMSL, looks at a recent...

Tip of the week: Keep an eye out for physician burnout

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2012

    Physician burnout does not always come kicking and screaming into the workplace. Disruptive...

News and briefs: Kansas health center offering eight weeks off for mission work

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2012

    Ashland (KS) Health Center developed a unique recruiting tool: is offering eight paid weeks off for...

Your Hospital's Financial Statements: How Management Keeps Score

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 29, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

News and briefs: AAPS speaks out against proposed Colorado vaccine rule

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 29, 2011

    The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) objects to a proposed Colorado law...

Tip of the week: Don?t make bad behavior personal

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 29, 2011

    At times, medical staff professionals must deal with physicians whose conduct is detrimental to the...

Privileging turf battles just won't go away

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 22, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Featured blog post: Want a 50% pay cut?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 22, 2011

    Are physicians’ salaries affecting the rising cost of healthcare? What are the consequences...

News and briefs: Physicians split on healthcare reform

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 22, 2011

    When it comes to healthcare reform, physicians are torn on whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is...

Tip of the week: Find alternative ways to reward physician leaders

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 22, 2011

    Physician leaders need to be recognized and rewarded for the work they do as physician leaders...

Have you developed your goals for the New Year?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 15, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Ask the expert: How do you outline a behavioral contract?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 15, 2011

    If a physician runs into an imposing hurdle that causes angry and/or disruptive behavior, deals can...

News and briefs: Retaining talent starts at the interview

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 15, 2011

    The quality recruitment of physicians by an organization can be nullified if retention rates...

Featured blog post: Is the doctor a 'doctor'?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 15, 2011

      A recent article in The New York Times raises some of the issues surrounding the use of the...

January special report: Accountable care organizations

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, December 13, 2011

    There’s no doubt about it—the healthcare industry needs a makeover. The Centers for...

Renaming disruptive behavior: Help or hindrance?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, December 8, 2011

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Tip of the week: Maintain professional and ethical standards

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, December 8, 2011

    At times, administrators or physicians may pressure an MSP to cut corners or overlook certain...

Featured blog post: Are hospitalists necessary?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, December 8, 2011

    Hospitalists become more popular by the day as hospital administrators look to fill the void left...

News and briefs: Simulation center no game for medical staff members

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, December 8, 2011

    Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Interdisciplinary Simulation Center puts medical staff members in...

Ask the expert: We are looking for a new way to pay medical staff leaders that goes beyond a flat fee approach. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, December 1, 2011

    A progressive approach is to pay medical staff leadership based on the accomplishments of key goals...

News and briefs: Physicians learn healthy habits for patients

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, December 1, 2011

    Physicians are heading back to school to learn a new skill: cooking healthy meals. In an effort to...

Featured blog post: Centralize physician performance data

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, December 1, 2011

    Having all documents related to physician performance in one easy-to-find spot may take a lot of...

Ask the expert: Who should select thresholds and benchmarks?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 17, 2011

    The stakeholders who select the indicators for the OPPE program should also select the thresholds.

Featured blog post: Palliative care in the emergency department?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 17, 2011

    Palliative care is becoming more popular as patients are able to live longer with serious...

News and briefs: Joint Commission eliminates term ’disruptive behavior’

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 17, 2011

    The Joint Commission (TJC) will no longer use the term “disruptive behavior” in its...

Featured blog post: Connect the dots

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 10, 2011

    Richard Rohr, MD, MMM, FACP, says there is nothing to lose and much to gain from physicians making...

News and briefs: Celebrate National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week with HCPro

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 10, 2011

    Have you ever stopped to think about how your hospital would operate if the MSSD no longer existed...

News and briefs: Hospitals considered great employer for older workers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 10, 2011

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FPPE for initial privileges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 10, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

News and briefs: Residents in favor of hospital employment

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, November 3, 2011

    In 2001, only 3% of graduating residents were interested in hospital employment, according to a...

Tip of the week: Help evaluators and practitioners interpret OPPE reports

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, November 3, 2011

    Rather than using the terms “high” and “low” to describe thresholds...

FPPE revisited

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, November 3, 2011

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News and briefs: ASCs encouraged to measure physician performance

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 28, 2011

    On-time starts and case volume are two popular metrics that help to measure a physician’s...

Successful private practitioners: Why partner with your organization?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 27, 2011

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News and briefs: Healthcare in need of labor productivity gains

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 27, 2011

    An article published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine calls attention to the...

Tip of the week: Form a solid credentials committee

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 27, 2011

    To ensure that the credentials committee benefits from interested, experienced, and knowledgeable...

Featured blog post: Is the nocturnist really a new concept?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 27, 2011

    Read this week’s blog post by William Mills, M.D., MMM, CPE, FAAFP, CMSL, senior vice...

Feature: Providing physicians with feedback

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 20, 2011

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News and briefs: Number of healthcare providers getting influenza vaccine stagnant

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 20, 2011

    During the 2009-10 influenza season, 61.9% of healthcare providers received a seasonal influenza...

Tip of the week: Create a bond between physician and hospital

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 20, 2011

    Physicians often wish to bond with and receive support from other physicians, and the medical staff...

Featured webcast: Managing adverse actions

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 20, 2011

    Adverse actions are a serious matter that requires serious attention. From prevention to...

News and briefs: Specialty hospitalists will revolutionize inpatient care

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 20, 2011

    Fifteen years ago, hospitals and physicians began to warm to a revolutionary idea: hospital-based...

Book excerpt: Procedures for evaluating performance of APPs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 13, 2011

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News and briefs: Physicians' ABMS Maintenance of Certification status now public

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 13, 2011

      The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) will now publicly report whether board...

Tip of the week: Select indicators that are useful for measuring physician performance

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 13, 2011

    Years ago, the only choice medical staffs and hospitals had when selecting performance measures...

Featured webcast: Dealing with adverse actions

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 13, 2011

    Adverse actions are a serious matter that require serious attention. From prevention to...

Featured blog: A trip back to Colonial times

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, October 6, 2011

      As hospitals and physicians anticipate a new method of sharing bundled payments from...

Tip of the week: Develop a game face for implementing policies

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, October 6, 2011

          Policies and procedures should be clear, easy to follow, efficient, and...

Has OPPE made a difference?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, October 6, 2011

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News and briefs: Will doctor title cause confusion?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, October 6, 2011

    The title of doctor is no longer reserved for physicians, as nurses, physical therapists, and...

Tip of the week: Time away from the office just as important

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 29, 2011

    The strength of relationships and goodwill that comes from physicians, administrators, and boards...

Ask the expert: We would like to involve our medical staff in our regulatory process to be better prepared for surveys. However, as a large organization, we do not want to put more work on our division chiefs? full plates. Any suggestions?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 29, 2011

    One way to involve the medical staff in the regulatory readiness process and ensure that...

News and briefs: Texas Medical Board will not respond to anonymous complaints

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 29, 2011

    Patients and colleagues that want to file anonymous complaints against a physician don’t...

News and briefs: Physicians providing excessive care

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 29, 2011

    With the threat of malpractice lawsuits and focus on performance measures on the rise, physicians...

''Training Up'' Advanced Practice Professionals

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 22, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

News and briefs: Physician assistants in more offices

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 15, 2011

    In the past ten years, the number of physician assistants has doubled in the United States. A...

Tip of the week: Define privileges in a way that allows your organization to address the competency equation

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 15, 2011

      Many organizations have adopted privilege delineation forms that list procedures and...

Strategic Options: It’s Not ACO or Nothing

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, September 8, 2011

    The national dialogue surrounding accountable care organizations seems to include a barrage of...

Medical Staff Operational Issues: Departments vs. Clinical Services

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, September 7, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Systems-based practice: The role of the case management physician advisor

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, September 1, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

News in brief: AHA letter details value-based purchasing program failures

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, September 1, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is bypassing rules for how value-based purchasing...

Tip of the week: Don’t underestimate the power of zero

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 25, 2011

    Medical staffs might wonder what to do when the number zero shows up on a physician’s ongoing...

Give physicians the incentive to lead

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 25, 2011

    Smart organizations are changing the way they seek to lead physicians to new ways of practicing...

Is there a threshold for incompetence?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 18, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Tip of the week: Understanding indicator data sources

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 11, 2011

    There are four main sources of the data: administrative data, clinically documented and coded...

The Joint Commission releases telemedicine prepublication standards

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 11, 2011

    The Joint Commission has published its prepublication standards for telemedicine (LD.04.03.09 and...

Board oversight of credentialing and quality

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 11, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Why M&M conferences are not peer review

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 4, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Tool of the week: Proctoring checklist

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 4, 2011

    Proctors must be on the lookout for signs that indicate whether a physician is competent to...

Tip of the week: Allow objections to fair hearing panel members

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 3, 2011

    Even if you have tried to be objective when choosing a hearing panel, you might not know that Dr. X...

Tip of the week: Critical responsibilities for effective oversight of the peer review process

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 28, 2011

    The oversight function of the peer review process involves all the actions necessary to oversee the...

Physician, heal thy disruptive behavior

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 28, 2011

    The EMRs bugged him worst of all. Throw in the stress of dealing with patients, procedures, even...

Department Chairs v. Medical Directors: Which type of leadership is right for you?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 21, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Collaborative leadership and patient engagement enhances hospital quality

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 21, 2011

    Hospital administrators, medical staff leaders and patients are three key ingredients to improving...

Ask the expert: What voting thresholds are needed for a Bylaws amendment to pass?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 14, 2011

    Requiring a simple majority (50% plus one), two-thirds, or three-quarters affirmative vote are...

Tip of the week: Identify restructuring opportunities

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 14, 2011

    Restructuring means eliminating activities that impede efficiency. It offers a solution to busy...

Physician Alignment Poses Challenge for ACOs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 14, 2011

    Physician alignment and incentive challenges could prove to be a major hurdle for healthcare...

Locum tenens: A type of practitioner, not a type of privilege

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 7, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Tip of the week: Consider state law when drafting the corrective action section of medical staff bylaws

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, July 7, 2011

    Every state has laws that affect the corrective action section of the medical staff bylaws. These...

Common prescribing mistakes still an issue with electronic systems

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 7, 2011

    Prescribing mistakes are still as prevalent in some outpatient electronic prescribing systems as...

Should medical staffs pay physicians for performing peer review?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 30, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Physicians and Facebook shouldn't mix

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 30, 2011

    When should physicians and patients become friends on Facebook? Only if they have a standing...

Shortage spurs physician employment

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 30, 2011

    The physician shortage in the US and the rising cost of operating a practice is prompting more...

Duct tape effective at preventing infection

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 30, 2011

    Staff at hospitals that choose active surveillance and patient isolation to prevent bug...

Medical residents should work no more than 16 hours without sleep

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2011

    Although the ACGME’s new Common Program Requirements will cut shift lengths for first year...

Duct tape effective at preventing infection

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2011

    Staff at hospitals that choose active surveillance and patient isolation to prevent bug...

Home health after hospitalization can decrease readmissions

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 26, June 29, 2011

    Patients with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or congestive heart failure who...

Managing ED call during maternity or paternity leave

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 23, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Senior status exempts physicians from emergency call

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 23, 2011

    Connecticut’s Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) has decided that three ophthalmologists do...

National Quality Forum updates list of serious reportable events

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 23, 2011

    The National Quality Forum (NQF) Board approved updates to its list of serious reportable events.

Texas medical board approves disciplinary action for 92 physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 23, 2011

    At its June meeting, the Texas Medical Board disciplined 92 physicians, including 30 actions...

Better informed patients less likely to be readmitted

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2011

    Patients who are better informed about their illnesses are less likely to be readmitted, according...

Patients use "panic button" as last resort

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2011

    When given the option of pushing a “panic button,” patients are more likely to underuse...

Hospitalist salaries may be leveling off

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 25, June 22, 2011

    The national median annual salary for internal medicine physicians treating adult patients rose...

Ten best practices to manage behavioral and impairment issues on the medical staff

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 16, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Want your hospital to survive? Get creative.

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 16, 2011

    Creativity may be the key to helping hospitals survive healthcare reform, budget cuts, and...

Free-standing emergency departments on the rise

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 16, 2011

    Free-standing emergency departments are on the rise, according to Physician News Digest. The...

Physician-owned distributorships called into question

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 16, 2011

    Five U.S. senators have asked the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services...

Number of nocturnists on the rise

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2011

    More hospitals are employing nocturnists to counter “the weekend effect,” a worrisome...

ACGME-compliant staffing model reduces costs for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2011

    When the ACGME released its new Common Program Requirements, many balked at the estimated cost of...

Admission is the best time to start a diabetes discharge plan

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 24, June 15, 2011

    The best time for physicians to start drafting a discharge plan for diabetic patients is when...

Emergency privileges do not equal disaster privileges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 9, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Health region cited for inadequate credentialing and privileging documentation

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 9, 2011

    The Prairie North Health Region in Saskatchewan was cited in a 2011 report for not having adequate...

Older physicians throwing in the towel over recertification

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 9, 2011

    The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons questions the benefits of maintenance of...

Hospitalists must speak patients' language

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 8, 2011

    A report from the National Blood Clot Alliance indicates that most patients don’t know what...

Younger patients receive better care than the elderly

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 8, 2011

    In the June issue of June Journal of the American Colleges of Surgeons, researchers found that...

Nurses and in-home visits key to reducing readmissions

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 23, June 8, 2011

    Assigning a nurse as the clinical manager or leader of care and including in-person home visits to...

Former Minnesota neurosurgeon not being disciplined after moving to Texas

  • Credentialing Resource Center Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2011

    The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice disciplined former St. Luke’s neurosurgeon, Stefan...

Anesthesiologist receives $8.8 million but ruined reputation

  • Credentialing Resource Center Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2011

    After six years of trying to defend his reputation, Dr. Charles Williams was awarded $8.8 million...

Disruptive physicians still a problem for U.S. hospitals

  • Credentialing Resource Center Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2011

    Think that disruptive behavior doesn’t happen at your hospital? Maybe so, but it’s...

Memorial Day reflection: Honoring the call to service

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 2, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

American Medical Association issues manual to help physicians understand their rights as employees

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 2, 2011

    The American Medical Association has developed a manual, The Annotated Model Physician-Hospital...

Nevada passes patient safety checklist bill

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 2, 2011

    The Patient Protection Checklist bill, which requires Nevada hospitals and other medical facilities...

ED docs order tests out of fear

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 2, 2011

    Forty-four percent of almost 1,800 emergency physicians responding to a poll by the American...

Long lists of drug side effects may overwhelm physicians

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2011

    The long lists of potential side effects that accompany every drug can cause physicians to feel...

Happy 15th birthday, hospital medicine!

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2011

    Robert M. Wachter, MD, professor and associate chair of the Department of Medicine at the...

Need to pee? There's an app for that

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 22, May 31, 2011

    Hospitalists may want to consider a new hobby: writing apps for smartphones. Take William Johnston...

Will Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) divide the organized medical staff?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 26, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

As number of ED visits rises, more EDs close

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 26, 2011

    The number of emergency departments in metropolitan and suburban areas fell 27 percent between 1990...

Ask the expert: What is the MSPs' role in maintaining relationships with regulatory agencies

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 26, 2011

    Education and collaboration are the two words to keep in mind when MSPs work with outside entities...

Physicians face a long road recovering from litigation

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 26, 2011

    Several physicians share their experiences—including their emotional ups and down—after...

eICUs may reduce mortality rates

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 25, 2011

    Telemedicine may be just what the doctor ordered. The use of eICUs at UMass Memorial Medical Center...

Will physician burnout hamper healthcare reform?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 25, 2011

    Thirty to forty percent of physicians experience burnout during their careers, often related to...

Weekend admissions have higher mortality rates

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 21, May 25, 2011

    Patients who are admitted to the hospital during a weekend are more likely to die than patients who...

Taking the next step in AHP credentialing

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 19, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Society of Hospital Medicine and Press Ganey work together to create patient satisfaction tool

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 19, 2011

    The Society of Hospital Medicine and Press Ganey have together created a tool for measuring...

More physicians using video-conferencing for non-urgent care

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 19, 2011

    Seven percent of physicians use video-conferencing to communicate with patients, and not just about...

Reminding physicians of the cost of phlebotomy services may reduce costs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 19, 2011

    A study in the Archives of Surgery explored whether consistently reminding physicians of the cost...

How has your job evolved?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 19, 2011

    HCPro would like to learn more about how MSPs’ positions have evolved over the years. Are you...

HM11 speaker discusses hospitalists' involvement in ED overcrowding

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2011

    Eric Howell, MD, SFHM, associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University and director of...

The ACO proposed rules: A party starter or a party killer?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 20, May 18, 2011

    We all anxiously, and many hopefully, waited and watched as the CMS proposed rules for the...

MS.01.01.01: Medical staffs must prove compliance in the bylaws

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

An increase in family physicians could reduce hospital readmissions

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2011

    For pneumonia, heart attack, and heart failure, adding one family practitioner per 1,000 population...

Medical director pay varies depending on several factors

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2011

    According to the Medical Group Management Association’s Medical Directorship and On-Call...

HHS launches value-based purchasing program

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2011

    On April 29, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a new initiative that will...

Beyond Medicare shared savings: Effective ACO and clinical integration strategies

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 12, 2011

    Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy...

Hospital labor costs inch up in Q1

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2011

    Total compensation costs for hospital employees rose 0.5% in the first quarter of 2011, slightly...

Comprehensivist develops as new subspecialty

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2011

    According to a UPI article, a new emerging specialty is needed to tend to chronically ill...

Featured blog post: Alligators in the hospital

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 19, May 11, 2011

    My last two posts have dealt with the analogy between hospitalist program managers and...

Leadership tip: Master the art of listening

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 5, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Academic hospitalists suffering from burnout

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 5, 2011

    Although the majority of academic hospitalists report high levels of job satisfaction, they also...

Comprehensivists may seal the gap between hospitalists and PCPs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 5, 2011

    Hospitalists have proven to be a boon for private practice physicians—hospitalists allow...

CMS announces streamlined telemedicine credentialing and privileging standards

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 5, 2011

    Hospitals and critical access hospitals that offer services through a telemedicine provider can now...

How does your medical staff handle criticism?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Family aims to take down military malpractice shield

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2011

    The Feres Doctrine protects military medical personnel from medical malpractice lawsuits. The 1950...

Informed consent under heat in Wisconsin

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2011

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court is reviewing a lower court's decision that found a physician negligent...

Michigan doctors can say 'I'm sorry' without fear

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 28, 2011

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday that will allow healthcare providers to...

The five parts to an accountable care organization

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 21, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Featured blog post: Handling physician HIPAA violations

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 21, 2011

    Hospitals have put in place several auditing processes and safeguard procedures to ensure that...

Rhode Island docs disciplined for inappropriate conduct

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 21, 2011

    There is yet one more reason to filter your online activity. The Rhode Island Board of Medical...

The Credentialing Resource Center Symposium countdown is on

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 21, 2011

    There are only 21 days left until the Credentialing Resource Center Symposium at Caesar’s...

Credentialing for ACOs: What the proposed CMS regulations mean for medical staffs in the future

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 14, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Love is in the air--and in a policy

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 14, 2011

    If you’ve seen the TV shows ER, Grey’s Anatomy, or House, you’ve seen just how...

Blue Cross physician rating program deemed valid by Superior Court

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 14, 2011

    The Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Alameda threw out a suit launched...

Patients favor integrated care

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 14, 2011

    A survey by the Commonwealth Fund found that patients favor policies that encourage...

Can our hospital use outside data to conduct FPPE on a new physician?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

House may repeal ban on physician-owned hospitals

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2011

    Republicans Doc Hastings (R, Wash.) and Sam Johnson (R, Texas) have each proposed a bill to repeal...

CMS seeks comment on ACO waivers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking comments regarding possible fraud and...

Hospitals employing more physicians as a long-term investment

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2011

    About half of all physicians are employed by a hospitals or an integrated delivery system, but...

Confused about patient safety organizations?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2011

    In an upcoming issue of Medical Staff Briefing, we will be reporting on patient safety...

Medical staff accreditation standards survey

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 7, 2011

    To bring our customers the content they need in the formats they find most useful, we need your...

The DOJ and ICDs: Understanding Medicare beyond admission, observation, and necessity-for-stay issues

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

ACOs might not be profitable off the bat

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2011

    An article in the March 23 New England Journal of Medicine suggests that accountable care...

Nurses still afraid to speak up with patient safety on the line

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2011

    Despite safety protocols and checklists, patient safety still could be at risk. Why? Because nurses...

The dos and don'ts of creating a code of conduct policy

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, March 31, 2011

    The way your medical staff goes about developing and enforcing a code of conduct policy can affect...

State medical boards fail to discipline physicians

  • Credentialing Resource Center Insider, Issue 12, March 25, 2011

    More than half of U.S. physicians whose negligence, malpractice, sexual abuse, fraud, or other...

Featured blog post: 41% of MSPs have salary freezes

  • Credentialing Resource Center Insider, Issue 12, March 25, 2011

    The latest statistics from our Credentialing Resource Center Annual MSP Salary Survey indicates...

State medical boards fail to discipline physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2011

    More than half of U.S. physicians whose negligence, malpractice, sexual abuse, fraud, or other...

The Credentialing Resource Center Symposium early-bird rate has been extended

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2011

    Ttake advantage of the Credentialing Resource Center Symposium early-bird discount. We've extended...

Knowing when to pull the plug on a disruptive physician

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

CMS re-launches Innovations website

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2011

    This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation re-launched its Innovation Center at...

More residents choosing family medicine

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 24, 2011

    For years, physicians were choosing to practice in specialties rather than family medicine, but the...

In the news: Idaho hospitals may have greater immunity against negligent credentialing claims

  • Credentialing Resource Center Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2011

    On Thursday, a bill insulating hospitals from negligent credentialing lawsuits passed in the Idaho...

Common questions regarding FPPE for low- and no-volume practitioners

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Poor communication between ED and primary care physicians puts patients at risk

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2011

    A Center for Studying Health System Change study reveals that ED and primary care physicians are...

Ask the expert: Our cardiology department regularly brings to the medical staff's attention the American College of Cardiology (ACOG) guidelines for credentialing for a variety of new procedures. Do we have to adopt their published recommendations or be at risk of having to defend why we did not?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2011

    Recognize that the ACOG’s guidelines are just that: guidelines. They are not mandates, and...

Tip of the week: Develop policies to prevent physicians from treating themselves and family members

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2011

    According to the American Medical Association (AMA) Code of Medical Ethics (Opinion 8.19...

In the news: Senators propose bill to make physicians' profiles public

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 17, 2011

    The Guam Board of Medical Examiners may soon make available to the public the profiles of...

In the news: Drug overdoses result in hefty annual charges in the ED

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2011

    A study in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine reveals that drug overdoses result in $1.4...

Michigan hospitals posting prices of common services online

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2011

    Henry Ford Health System, Oakwood Healthcare, and Spectrum Health are posting average prices for...

Ask the expert: Who should serve on our physician health committee?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2011

    For the most part, the physician health committee (PHC) is composed of senior medical staff members...

Tip of the week: Create a BATNA

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2011

    When the medical staff and hospital management negotiate ED call compensation or the overall ED...

Anti-microbial soaps a wash?

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2011

    Republicans may be washing pharmacy and retail store shelves of anti-microbial soaps because of the...

Mass General to pay $1 million in HIPAA violations

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2011

    Mass General is doing penance for losing the protected health information of 192 patients of Mass...

Incremental process improvements not enough to change healthcare

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 10, March 9, 2011

    In the March 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, authors Simon C. Mathews...

What makes peer review punitive?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Hospital board member injures two security guards

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2011

    Tri-City Healthcare (Oceanside, CA) Board of Director Kathleen Sterling has been censured six times...

Tip of the week: During a root cause analysis, choose your words carefully

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2011

    The quality improvement or quality assurance department within a hospital typically organizes and...

Ask the expert: How can the faculty members on our medical staff fit in adequate teaching time with the new resident duty-hour restrictions?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2011

    Finding time to teach residents at the bedside is difficult. With new resident duty hour rules...

Featured blog post: CRC Symposium contest winner

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2011

    Congratulations to this month’s winner, Karen Vineyard, CPMSM, manager of medical affairs at...

Common sense credentialing

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2011

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Sebelius says that ACOs don't need to include hospitals

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2011

    In reaction to concerns that accountable care organizations (ACOs) may put private practice...

Tweets from self-identified physicians may go over the edge

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2011

    A recent letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association delves into what, exactly...

Tip of the week: Gradually orient new hospitalists

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2011

    Those first few days and weeks are critical, so it’s important to plan your orientation such...

Ask the expert: What is gainsharing?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 24, 2011

    Gainsharing is an approach in which a specific group of physicians does something that creates...

MS.01.01.01 crunch time

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2011

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Don't assume you can simply terminate an underperforming employed physician

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2011

    Hospitals that are desperate to fill an employment vacancy may overlook red flags and bring in a...

Ask the expert: How can we keep low-volume practitioners engaged in medical staff activities?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 17, 2011

    As primary care physicians and other specialists spend less time practicing at the hospital in...

Last chance to take the 2011 MSP salary survey

  • Credentialing Resource Center Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2011

    Ever wonder how your salary stacks up against other MSPs in the country, or even in your area?

California physicians fighting CRNA supervision opt-out

  • Credentialing Resource Center Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2011

    California physicians are appealing an October 2010 court ruling in favor of allowing the state to...

In the news: OIG launches site to catch America's most wanted healthcare criminals

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2011

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its list of most-wanted fugitives on February 3 to...

Tip of the week: Get back that lovin' feelin'

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2011

    Next Monday is Valentine’s Day. To get in the spirit, take a few moments to remind yourself...

Ask the expert: How can our facility determine the competence of a practitioner who is active at ambulatory surgery center?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2011

    If a physician doesn’t have much activity in your hospital but is active at an ambulatory...

Do PAs and APRNs need to be credentialed and privileged by the medical staff? Analysis of The Joint Commission's BoosterPak

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2011

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act back on the table

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2011

    For the second consecutive year, Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla., and Rep. David Scott, D- Ga., are...

Engaging physicians in hospital quality improvement initiatives

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2011

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

In the news: AMA issues physician reentry guidelines

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2011

    To help abate the physician shortage, the American Medical Association (AMA) created guidelines to...

Ask the expert: How can we make our grand rounds more engaging?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2011

    Set ground rules for speakers to make grand rounds more interesting. “The current generation...

Tip of the week: Separate malpractice claims from negligent credentialing claims

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 3, 2011

    Negligent credentialing cases most often occur when a patient claims that he or she was harmed by a...

Avoiding pitfalls in physician-hospital relationships

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2011

    The physician-hospital relationship is more critical today than ever. A hospital’s best...

Proper boundaries improve comanagement relationships between hospitalists and surgical specialists

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2011

    A physician is no stranger to the fact that healthcare is a team sport. A single physician cannot...

Climb the management ladder with leadership tips from the field

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2011

    We’ve all heard the saying “Great leaders are made, not born.” But how does one...

Give grand rounds a makeover, engage physicians

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2011

    Who needs grand rounds? Physicians can just get the information they need from the Internet, right...

Medical Staff Briefing, February 2011

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2011

     Medical Staff Briefing (MSB) provides the strategies and updated information medical staff...

Moving from quality assurance to performance improvement

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2011

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Medical staff leader video training series demonstration

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2011

    HCPro released the online medical staff training library that users can use at home or the office...

Tip of the week: Create gradations in your delineations of privileges for low-volume providers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2011

    Traditionally, physicians received either full privileges or none at all. With the growing...

AHA calls on hospital leaders to improve wellness culture

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 4, January 25, 2011

    Hospitals responded, reporting that they witnessed a range of health employment programs (e.g...

Credentialing the aging practitioner

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2011

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: Are all practitioners with temporary privileges considered locum tenens?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2011

    Locum tenens is a Latin term for “placeholder” and is not used by The Joint Commission...

Tip of the week: Implement physician councils to enable better physician-hospital communication

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2011

    The concept behind physician councils is that physicians should have multiple avenues for...

Featured blog post: From second-class citizens to one of the gang--Hospitals welcome nonphysician providers onto the medical staff

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2011

    wasn’t long ago that PAs, NPs, and CRNAs could lose their privileges in a jiffy if the chief...

Deadline approaches for MS.01.01.01 compliance for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2011

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: How can we encourage more medical staff members to participate in meetings?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2011

    Sometimes it is not the group that makes a decision in a meeting. Rather, it is a few dominant...

Tip of the week: Change the way physicians think about performance feedback

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2011

    Unfortunately, as the medical staff shares with physicians data that indicate an opportunity for...

Featured blog post: When it's over, it's over

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2011

    Clinicians enjoy almost total job security, but management is a different story. Hospitalist...

A New Year's resolution for peer review

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2011

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Focus on team building

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2011

    In the February issue of Medical Staff Briefing, Anne Roberts, CPCS, CPMSM, senior director of...

Ask the expert: If we switch to core privileges, what will happen to the existing privileges of practitioners on staff?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2011

    Existing practitioners will maintain their current privileges until implementation of the new core...

Medical staff fights: How to strive for the best outcome when the stakes are high

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: Should the medical staff report a physician with an addiction or impairment to the National Practitioner Data Bank?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2010

    A medical leave of absence is a leave granted for health concerns, usually 45 days or longer, that...

Tip of the week: Use guidelines to help you develop criteria for new privileges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 52, December 30, 2010

    Due to changing healthcare technologies, increasing specialization, and the growth of individual...

A Christmas memory

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Craft a nonretaliation policy to encourage reporting of disruptive behavior

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2010

    A nonretaliation policy makes it clear that reporting improper conduct is a duty of all staff...

Ask the expert: Should our organization allow physicians to sit on the governing board?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2010

    Why wouldn’t the board want individuals who are experts in their respective fields to...

Featured blog post: Is your OPPE data really complete?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2010

    When reviewing a physician’s ongoing professional practice evaluation (OPPE) profile, do you...

How to make sure your references are worth more than the paper they're written on

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: When proctoring another physician, ask his or her side of the story

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2010

    If a physician is being proctored because of a potential competence issue, it is important for the...

Ask the expert: When is it appropriate to use external peer review?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2010

    Hospitals should have a policy that clearly describes the circumstances under which it would seek...

Featured blog post: Who does what? Define responsibilities to ensure a smooth proctoring process

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2010

    In the January 2011 issue of Medical Staff Briefing, we discuss five tips for being a good...

NPDB reporting requirements for PAs and NPs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Productivity tips for medical staff office managers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2010

    Sometimes the most difficult thing to accomplish at work is work. With telephone calls, meetings...

How does PROMETHEUS fit in with healthcare reform?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2010

    PROMETHEUS is a provider payment model that is designed to pay providers, including physicians and...

Featured blog post: Where do we go from here?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2010

    The Republicans are back in control of Congress. With a majority in the House, they have the...

HCPro has moved!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2010

    HCPro is proud to announce that we have moved from our long-time headquarters in Marblehead, MA to...

Tip of the week: Join a medical staff services association to boost your career

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 2, 2010

    Almost every state has an association of medical staff services that, along with the National...

Current competency and the low-volume physician: The case of the unsupervised PA, Part II

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 2, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: A physician on our medical staff is returning to work after a leave of absence to receive treatment for alcoholism. Who on the medical staff should know?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 2, 2010

    In an ideal world, the only people who know the reason for a physician’s leave of absence are...

Featured blog post: Physician-hospital alignment questionnaire template

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 2, 2010

    If a group of physicians approached your hospital about doing an underarrangement, the hospital...

Improving relationships and collaboration between referring physicians and hospitalists

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2010

    If your hospital had its own baseball league, would hospitalists and referring practitioners play...

Medical Staff Briefing, December 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing (MSB) provides the strategies and updated information medical staff leaders...

Is practicing medicine really like riding a bicycle?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 18, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Keep an eye out for signs of physician depression

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 18, 2010

    Depression can be a stand-alone impairment or it can be linked with burnout. The overall physician...

Ask the expert: How should our medical staff credential and privilege moonlighting residents and fellows?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 18, 2010

    Residents and fellows who are working in the hospital in a capacity outside their training programs...

Featured blog post: Sample physician hospital alignment questionnaire

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 18, 2010

    If a group of physicians approached your hospital about doing an underarrangement (a hospital...

HCPro book survey: We need your help!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 18, 2010

    Dear readers, HCPro wants to provide the most useful information to you. We need your help. Please...

Featured blog post: Everything you need to know about disruptive and impaired physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 11, 2010

    Disruptive and impaired physicians can put patients at risk, create an uncomfortable working...

Free form from the Credentialing Resource Center blog

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 11, 2010

    This week’s Free Form Friday giveaway is a focused professional practice evaluation (FPPE...

Ask the expert: Our hospitalists work a seven-day block schedule. Should we also give them paid vacation time?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 11, 2010

    Most candidates will expect some paid time off for vacation. Yet, as the seven-on/seven-off work...

Tip of the week: Include meeting attendance and quorum requirements in your medical staff bylaws

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 11, 2010

    Medical staffs that try to enforce attendance requirements usually find it a frustrating endeavor...

Current competency and the low volume physician: The case of the unsupervised PA (Part I)

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 4, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: What should an employment contract include?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 4, 2010

    Contractual and employment relationships only make sense if the strategic goals of the physician...

Tip of the week: Evaluate the proctor's case log

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 4, 2010

    If a proctor is not a member of your medical staff, he or she must be granted temporary privileges...

Featured blog post: Companies that provide EMR solutions

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, November 4, 2010

    Looking to implement electronic medical records (EMR) but not sure which vendor to choose? Here is...

Medical staff leader orientation is worth the effort

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2010

    Medical staff leaders have important roles and responsibilities. When a leader steps into a new...

Featured blog post: AHRQ releases new common format for adverse event reporting on Health IT

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 28, 2010

    The US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and...

The medical staff is a choice

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 28, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Strengthen information gathering from references

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 28, 2010

    One of the key challenges that low- and no-volume providers present is how to assess their...

Ask the expert: Which individuals should be on the MEC?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 28, 2010

    An effective medical staff must govern itself, make recommendations regarding the credentialing and...

Where did these darn numbers come from?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 21, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

MedicalStaffLeader.com poll: Has your organization implemented electronic medical records?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 21, 2010

    Take the poll at MedicalStaffLeader.com  

MedicalStaffLeader.com poll: How much does your medical staff charge for dues?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 21, 2010

    Take the poll at MedicalStaffLeader.com  

Tip of the week: Track the expiration date on physicians' licenses

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 21, 2010

    All licenses should be verified at initial credentialing and reappointment, as well as at...

Ask the expert: As a medical staff leader, I am charged with providing physicians with feedback. What is the best way to do that?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 21, 2010

    Accentuate the positive: Even if the goal of your meeting is to provide constructive criticism to a...

Featured blog post: ABMS and ACGME update core competencies

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 14, 2010

    The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical...

Medical staff membership: With responsibilities also come rights

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 14, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Don't overlook criteria required in the medical staff bylaws

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 14, 2010

    When The Joint Commission moved the disaster privileging criteria standards out of the medical...

Ask the expert: Should a proctor be paid for his or her duties?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 14, 2010

    Historically, members of the medical staff have been expected to donate time to the peer review...

Beware of the summit syndrome

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 41, October 12, 2010

    The summit syndrome, or the “paradox of experience and expertise,” refers to a...

The dilemma of practice-based learning: How do you measure it?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 7, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: How should the medical staff discern between harassment and rude behavior?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 7, 2010

    Harassment and discrimination violate the Civil Rights Act, which protects against employment...

Tip of the week: Use prospective FPPE to catch problems before they happen

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 7, 2010

    Prospective review is the process whereby the evaluated physician describes to the physician...

Featured blog post: Atul Gawande--Why healthcare should be like baseball

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 7, 2010

    Ringing a bell with Boston attendees, Gawande referenced former Red Sox general manager (now...

Criteria-based privileging system: Matching privileges to competence

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 30, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: How will the ACGME's new Common Program Requirements affect the medical staff?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 30, 2010

    The proposed Common Program Requirements spell out several new standards. The following are some of...

Tip of the week: Brush up on disaster privileging procedures and terminology

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 30, 2010

    The Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) launched...

In the news: Joint Commission issues Report on Quality and Safety 2010

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 30, 2010

    Hospitals are improving the quality of care in heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, and...

Check out MedicalStaffLeader.com, the blog for MSPs and medical staff leaders

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 30, 2010

    This week on MedicalStaffLeader.com, you’ll find information regarding the Joint...

Make your hospitalist program a key component of physician-hospital alignment

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 23, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Ask local hospitals how they manage legal matters

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 23, 2010

    If your medical staff is struggling with the decision whether to use its own legal counsel or the...

Ask the expert: How should our hospital choose an overall physician-to-population ratio for the community?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 23, 2010

    The first step in choosing an appropriate overall physician-to-population ratio for a community is...

When does marginal performance become incompetence?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 16, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Measure the burden of ED call

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 16, 2010

    To establish fair market value for physician ED call services, determine what those services...

Ask the expert: Who owns the process of developing a policy regarding clinical assistants and advanced practice professionals?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 16, 2010

    How should an organization proceed in developing or revisiting a policy covering clinical...

Featured blog post: How much health did you make today?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 16, 2010

    Two articles in the August 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine highlight the difficulty...

Do residents need to be credentialed?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 9, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Familiarize yourself with EMTALA changes

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 9, 2010

    On July 16, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a series of revisions to the...

Featured blog post: Sharpen the tools in your interactive recruitment marketing kit

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 9, 2010

    In the physician recruitment cycle, we are at a critical stage when residents and fellows who...

Ask the expert: How should our medical staff use rate indicator targets when conducting physician peer review?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 2, 2010

    The target needs to be expressed in the same measurement format as the indicator. It is not...

Tip of the week: Create communication links between the governing board and MEC

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 2, 2010

    The MEC and governing board must cooperate to help the medical staff and hospital function...

Featured blog post: Medical staff advisor is advocate for MSPs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 2, 2010

    One of the most valuable duties of the medical staff advisor is the working alliance with the...

New medical staff models: Putting it all together

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 9, September 1, 2010

    This column concludes a series devoted to the many medical staff models that have cropped up in...

School's back: The dilemma of practice-based learning

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, August 31, 2010

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Focused professional practice evaluation: Don't overdo it!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 26, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: Who is responsible for paying a proctor when an existing medical staff member requests new privileges?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 26, 2010

    If the organization is pushing to adopt the procedure, technology, or treatment in question, the...

Tip of the week: Avoid retention bonuses that pay out after a few years

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 26, 2010

    Some hospital medicine practices implement retention bonuses. For each year of service, the...

Featured blog post: 9 tips for conducting peer review in the face of discoverability

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 26, 2010

    They call Missouri the “Show Me State,” but perhaps that name is better suited for...

Take the aging practitioner policy poll

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 26, 2010

    Does your medical staff have a policy that specifically addresses credentialing and privileging for...

Credentialing for accountable care organizations

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 19, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tips for engaging medical staff members

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 19, 2010

    Consider reinstituting mandatory medical staff meeting attendance. Under such an arrangement...

Ask the expert: How should the medical staff address leaves of absence in the bylaws?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 19, 2010

    Requests for leaves of absence have become more common in recent years, and it is important for...

Featured blog post: The medical staff advisor--not just another administrator

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 19, 2010

    The orientation of new medical staff members usually falls to the medical staff professionals, but...

In the news: Nearly all physicians get sued at some point during their career

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 19, 2010

    For every 100 physicians, there are 95 medical lawsuits, according to a new report from the...

What is expedited credentialing?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 12, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Don't forego new-physician orientation

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 12, 2010

    Each organization should have some level of orientation for its physicians, as there are many...

Ask the expert: I'm too busy to detail how I spend my time. Is it essential that the medical staff services department track every activity?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 12, 2010

    Hospital administration and governance must closely monitor the work completed by the medical staff...

Featured blog post: The role of the medical staff advisor

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 12, 2010

    is a group of physicians that could potentially pave the way for physician-hospital alignment: the...

E-mail and peer review: Another urban myth?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 5, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Reduce bias in peer review by understanding where it stems from

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 5, 2010

    Medical staffs know that the peer review process is not free of bias, but what they might not know...

Ask the expert: What do we do with imprecise peer review data?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 5, 2010

    Believe it or not, imperfect data is usable data. Imperfect data should never prevent the peer...

Featured blog post: Do doctors understand patient costs?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 5, 2010

    Last week, I went to the optometrist for my annual checkup. I expected to get a new prescription...

Online video training for medical staff leaders

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, August 5, 2010

    Do you enjoy the classroom setting but don’t have the budget to fly all around the country...

Structure, process, and leadership make or break the self-governed medical staff

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    There are five components of a truly effective medical staff. Last month’s column explored...

Detailed leadership position descriptions open the door to better performance and greater transparency

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    Often, medical staff bylaws describe the processes for nominating, electing, and removing medical...

Process, tools, and strategies for getting the performance data you need

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    When it comes to medical staff peer review, few areas are stickier than conducting ongoing...

The role of leaders to mitigate conflict and protect patients

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 29, 2010

      This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review...

Tip of the week: Take a proactive approach to low-volume providers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 29, 2010

    Regardless of their reasons for not being active at the hospital, many low-volume practitioners...

Ask the expert: Some of our low-volume providers want to be medical staff members to meet their managed care organizations' requirements, but they don't treat patients at the hospital. Is there any way to accommodate their requests?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 29, 2010

    Remember, the term credentialing refers to the overall process of gathering and verifying...

Featured blog post: Tips for preparing the medical staff for regulatory surveys

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 29, 2010

    With the Joint Commission performing unannounced accreditation surveys, organizations must be in a...

Develop and support physician leaders

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 30, July 27, 2010

    Organizations must recognize that physicians aren’t taught leadership skills in medical...

Six steps to creating a culture of safety

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 22, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: What is the department chair's role in credentialing?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 22, 2010

    Generally, the department chair practices within the same specialty as the physician requesting...

Tip of the week: Put yourself in your readers' shoes when writing for business

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 22, 2010

    Looking to brush up on your business writing skills? According to Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, founder...

Apply to speak at the 2011 Credentialing Resource Center Symposium

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 22, 2010

    Looking to create name recognition, give your career a boost, or simply share your bright...

Featured blog post: Incident report or educational opportunity?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 22, 2010

    As the medical affairs office at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas reviewed incident...

What to do when credentialing decisions aren't black and white: Part II

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 15, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: What is the CEO's role in credentialing?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 15, 2010

    As the official representative of the hospital, the CEO is actively involved in the credentialing...

Tip of the week: Engage legal counsel in economic credentialing policy development

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 15, 2010

    It should be evident from the myriad legal issues surrounding economic credentialing policies that...

In the news: CMS adds outpatient measures to its Hospital Compare Web site

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 15, 2010

    CMS recently added outpatient measures to its Hospital Compare Web site. Among the measures...

Featured blog post: Tips for writing medical staff leader position descriptions and free orientation brochure

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 15, 2010

    In the August issue of Medical Staff Briefing, I discuss the importance of spelling out the medical...

Featured blog post: MSPs offer tips for working collegially to accomplish goals quickly

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 8, 2010

    As the medical staff services department reaches out and collaborates positively with so many other...

Ask the expert: Where can I find already existing OPPE data?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 8, 2010

    OPPE doesn’t require medical staffs to reinvent the wheel—many OPPE data already exist...

Tip of the week: Keep a written log of physician performance

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 8, 2010

    An individual responsible for managing physician employees should keep an ongoing log to track each...

Throw new credentials committee members a lifeline

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Often, medical staffs throw new credentials committee members in with the sharks and hope that...

Medical Staff Briefing, July 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Physicians who are elbow deep in their hospitals’ electronic clinical data systems may...

Health care reform and quality: Providers vs. policy makers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 1, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Set a threshold for the medical staff to approach a physician regarding a poor outcome on a performance feedback report

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 1, 2010

    Should follow up occur if a single indicator is below the acceptable level, or should it occur...

Ask the expert: What does the phrase "just culture" mean?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 1, 2010

    The goal of the just culture is to assign the consequences for an unsafe act in a fair way based on...

Save the date for the 2011 Credentialing Resource Center Symposium!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 1, 2010

    The 2010 Credentialing Resource Center Symposium just wrapped up on May 7, and we’re already...

Featured blog post: Top free policy and form websites for medical staffs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, July 1, 2010

    Last week, we told you about the top free e-mail list serves for medical staffs. This week...

Should medical staffs charge dues?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 24, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Case study Q & A: Should Community Hospital employ Dr. Brown?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 24, 2010

    During your next medical staff meeting, try this exercise: Have everyone in the room read the case...

Free form: Clinical references policy and procedure

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 24, 2010

    In the past, institutions often relied solely on references supplied by the applicant. But now it...

Take the 30-second hospitalist poll

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 24, 2010

    Does your hospitalist program performance dashboard include hospitalist-specific data or does it...

Dispelling low-volume provider myths

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 25, June 24, 2010

    Myth: A physician who has not provided inpatient care services recently is incompetent Truth: A...

Featured blog post: Joint Commission adds anti-discrimination language back in to medical staff chapter

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2010

    The Joint Commission has added antidiscrimination language to MS.06.01.07 and MS.07.01.01 that...

Should you be flexible when privileging low- and no-volume providers?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Create a professional reference questionnaire policy

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2010

    Although nearly all hospitals use professional reference questionnaires during the credentialing...

This month in MSB

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2010

    Check your mailboxes—electronic or otherwise—for the June issue of Medical Staff...

Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium contest roundup

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: When measuring the burden of ED call, which patients should the hospital collect data on?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2010

    To measure the burden of ED call on your medical staff, it is important to collect data on...

Tip of the week: Conduct behavior-based interviews to determine a practitioner applicant's character, communication skills, and ability to collaborate

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2010

    Assuming that the medical staff services department does not identify any red flags during the...

In the news: More facilities stepping up to give LGBT community equal rights in the healthcare setting

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2010

    According to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2010, the...

Tip of the week: Reconsider your definition of the active category

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2010

    Medical staff bylaws require varying levels of involvement from members of the active category.

Olympic hockey vs. the Stanley Cup: How rules drive behavior

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Take the medical staff dues survey

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2010

    Wondering how many facilities charge their medical staff members dues and what those funds are used...

Ask the expert: What is the downside of prospective focused review?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2010

    No focused professional practice evaluation (FPPE) is perfect, and prospective FPPE has its...

In the news: Faith-based care may not be based entirely on science

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2010

    According to a report from the National Health Law Program entitled “Health Care Refusals...

The self-governed medical staff isn’t dead

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    The traditional self-governing medical staff is alive, and in many cases, necessary. Both...

Reports from state medical boards may not provide credentialing specialists with the full licensing picture

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    When a physician applies to a medical staff, one of the first things that credentialing specialists...

Take a lead role in facilitating solid FPPE processes

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Although MSPs often work behind the scenes, what they add to the focused professional practice...

Wellness committee key to addressing physician burnout

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    About 60% of practicing physicians will experience burnout at some point in their careers, says...

Featured blog post: How do you decide to say yes or to say no to an alignment opportunity?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2010

    Hospitals often are approached with opportunities to align with physicians, and the hospital often...

Contest winner: Physician report card

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2010

    Congratulations to our May contest winner, Iracema Navarro, medical staff coordinator at Promise...

Tip of the week: Determine physicians’ interest in providing inpatient care before re-granting privileges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2010

    Before processing a low- or no-volume practitioner’s request for renewed privileges, hospital...

Ask the expert: Should our hospital offer an incentive compensation plan to employed physicians?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2010

    Hospital employers and physician employees must first decide whether the base salary and benefits...

The organized medical staff and the road to Oz

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2010

        This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer...

What to do when credentialing decisions aren't black and white: Part I

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

This month in MSB

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2010

    Check your mailbox (electronic or otherwise) to find the latest issue of Medical Staff Briefing...

Tip of the week: Write crystal clear employment contracts

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2010

    If organizations merely address legalities in their contracts with physicians and fail to define...

Contest entry: MSP orientation plan

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2010

    Maggie Palmer, MSA, CPMSM, CPCS, director of Scripps Centralized Credentialing, sent in a medical...

Featured blog post: Resources roundup for MS.01.01.01

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2010

    To read a list of need-to-know changes and more educational resources regarding MS.01.01.01, visit...

Choosing appropriate hearing panel members: Don't shoot in the dark

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 13, 2010

      This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review...

Tip of the week: Don't over-define terms in your medical staff bylaws

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 13, 2010

    Most medical staff bylaws contain a section labeled “definitions” that precisely...

Ask the expert: How does the physician equity medical staff model work?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 13, 2010

    When physicians launch provider-owned hospitals, they own a portion of the facility’s equity...

Featured blog post: Keeping peer review documents confidential may become trickier as medical staffs go electronic

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 13, 2010

     am currently writing an article for Credentialing and Peer Review Legal Insider about how...

Overcome lingering FPPE and OPPE challenges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Peer review chairs should include phone numbers on letters to physicians

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2010

    Whenever a peer review committee sends a letter to a physician indicating that he or she provided...

Ask the expert: Should our hospital implement administrative time outs?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2010

    The most common use of an administrative time out is to address repeated episodes of unprofessional...

Featured blog post: Working with external peer reviewers--10 questions medical staffs should ask

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2010

    Deciding when to initiate external peer review can be a daunting task for medical staffs. Even more...

Contest winner: Reappointment profile

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2010

    Congratulations to the April Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium contest winner, Melinda...

Physician employment: Doing it right

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    As we mentioned in last month's column, an increasing number of hospitals are choosing to employ...

MSP Perspective: Fine tune orientation to get MSPs off to a running start

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    For MSPs, starting a new job means learning a new set of medical staff bylaws and processes...

Peer review case study: Multidisciplinary peer review system standardizes and streamlines case review

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    A medical staff's peer review process doesn't have to be down in the dumps before it considers a...

Four questions every medical staff should ask before paying leaders

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    There is no magic formula to help hospitals determine which leaders to compensate and how much. One...

Medical Staff Briefing, May 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

Featured blog post: Internet blurs the boundaries between physicians and patients

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 29, 2010

    As the popularity of social networking sites skyrockets and more patients use the Internet to...

Ask the expert: Does the assignment to the active staff category require that a physician is regularly involved in the care of hospitalized patients?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 29, 2010

    Not necessarily. Medical staff bylaws require varying levels of involvement from members of the...

Tip of the week: Ensure hospitalists have adequate office space and equipment

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 29, 2010

    Hospitals that offer their hospitalist programs comfortable office spaces have a better chance at...

Overcoming EMTALA challenges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 29, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Letter from the editor: We've launched MedicalStaffLeader.com!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2010

    Dear readers, I’m pleased to announce that we have launched...

Tip of the week: Solidify privileging criteria

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2010

    The credentials committee and medical executive committee recommend membership qualifications and...

Ask the expert: Who should pay medical staff leaders?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2010

    After determining how much to pay a medical staff leader, the next question to ask is who should...

Managing impairment: Advocacy or betrayal?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Ask the expert: What are the Joint Commission requirements for checking post-graduate training at initial appointment?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2010

    The Joint Commission requires verification from the primary source(s). This requirement encompasses...

Tip of the week: Confirm medical staff members' malpractice insurance

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2010

    Every hospital sets unique policies specifying the level of malpractice insurance coverage...

Mark your calendars for the Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium June 8-9

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Featured blog post: The Commonwealth Fund and HRET highlight best practices that result in high quality care

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2010

    The Commonwealth Fund recently released a study examining what successful health systems do that...

How to ask for GMSI symposium training on a tight budget

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2010

    We know travel budgets are tight and sometimes requesting training opportunities can be a...

Include a bill of rights in the medical staff bylaws

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2010

    The inclusion of physician’s rights in the medical staff bylaws has become more important in...

Ask the expert: Which medical staff body carries out a peer review investigation?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 8, 2010

    Some medical staff bylaws state that the entire medical executive committee (MEC) can serve as the...

Manage the two primary sources of conflicts of interest

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Deliver presentations without breaking a sweat: Adopt crowd-pleasing podium skills

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    As a medical staff leader or MSP, at some point during your career, you will inevitably find...

Physician employment: Panacea or poison?

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Many medical staff and hospital leaders believe that employment is a panacea for misaligned...

Medical staffs can help aging physicians ease into their golden years: Maintain collegiality and ensure patient safety

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    When you combine the heart-wrenching possibility of taking away a colleague's livelihood with the...

Section 1921 changes unite NPDB and HIPDB: All licensed professionals now reportable

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Since the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of...

Medical Staff Briefing, April 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

March contest winner: OPPE for low-volume providers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 1, 2010

    Congratulations to this month’s contest winner, Mindy Hays, CPMSM, medical staff coordinator...

Tip of the week: Evaluate your FPPE plan annually

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 1, 2010

    Many medical staffs work hard to develop good processes, put them in to place, and not look at them...

Ask the expert: How should we start designing a physician competency feedback report?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 1, 2010

    The most critical issue on physician’s minds when it comes to competency data is how the...

Peer review and healthcare reform

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 1, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Contest: Enter to win free seats to the Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 25, 2010

    We know budgets are tight. In an effort to make the upcoming Greeley Medical Staff Institute (GMSI...

Tip of the week: Orient new bylaws committee members

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 25, 2010

    Most physicians who agree to participate in the bylaws committee do so with little knowledge of the...

Ask the expert: Do the changes to Section 1921 of the Social Security Act affect the medical staff peer review process?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 25, 2010

    The requirements for reporting by peer review organizations under Section 1921 are not expected to...

What do medical staff leaders need to know about MS.01.01.01?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 25, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

This month in MSB

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2010

    Don’t forget to check your mailbox (electronic or otherwise) to get the latest medical staff...

Tip of the week: Follow these steps to ensure accurate coding

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2010

    Hospitalist program revenue depends on accurate coding. To ensure correct coding, hospitalist...

Ask the expert: What happens if an applicant for reappointment fails to meet the minimum competency criteria for a privilege requested?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2010

    It is possible that a practitioner simply has not completed enough of a certain procedure in the...

The Joint Commission approves MS.01.01.01...Finally! Now what?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Quick poll: Does your hospital pay medical staff leaders?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2010

    We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about medical staff leader compensation...

Tip of the week: Document changes to bylaws and other medical staff manuals

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2010

    Keep track of bylaws changes in a quick-reference chart. Check out this bylaws changes form...

Ask the expert: When developing a personnel budget, what do medical staff services managers and directors need to keep in mind?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2010

    The medical staff services department's personnel budget reflects the expected cost of staffing the...

To reference or not to reference, that is the question

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 11, 2010

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Check out HospitalistLeadership.com

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2010

    In a recent article from Today’s Hospitalist, a concept emerges about a number of physicians...

Join HCPro and The Greeley Company in the Windy City!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2010

    The Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium provides best practices and tools from leading...

Check out HospitalistLeadership.com

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2010

    In a recent article from Today’s Hospitalist, a concept emerges about a number of physicians...

Tip of the week: Obey copyright law

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2010

    ‘Tis the season for symposiums and conferences. When designing presentations, whether for a...

Call ’em like you see ’em: Should physicians be allowed to appeal case reviews?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 4, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Will Medicare coding changes help or hurt hospitalist program revenue?

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Since the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in October 2009 that it will...

Avoid clinical service line pitfalls with a solid membership model

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Last month, I wrote about a problem many organizations face when implementing clinical service...

Multi-disciplinary peer review pilot program paves the way for efficiency and fairness

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Fine wine might ripen with age, but peer review processes left alone for decades go sour. This is...

Medical Staff Briefing, March 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

Tip of the week: Encourage meeting attendance

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2010

    Although physicians are required to attend myriad meetings, leaders should make attendance worth...

Ask the expert: What are the governing board’s responsibilities?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2010

    The hospital governing board is ultimately responsible for the hospital’s performance. It...

Integrate financial and clinical decision making to achieve alignment

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Provide malpractice liability coverage to encourage physicians to take ED call

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2010

    As an incentive to physicians to provide call coverage, medical staffs should consider providing...

Ask the expert: What can hospitalists and referring physicians expect from each other?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2010

    At minimum, a referring provider expects the hospitalist to provide notification on admission of...

How to credential pediatricians based on the ABP's new maintenance of certification policy

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 7, February 18, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Save the date: Credentialing Resource Center Symposium, May 6-7, 2010

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2010

    Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are talented credentialing teams. Join Greeley experts...

Ask the expert: Should the medical staff exclude employed physicians from hearings because of their financial relationship with the hospital?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2010

    There is no reason that an employed physician cannot serve on a panel unless he or she has a...

Tip of the week: Create a separate staff category for advanced practice professionals

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2010

    Allied health professionals (AHP) can and should be divided into two groups: advanced practice...

This month in MSB

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2010

    Don’t forget to check your mailbox (electronic or otherwise) to get the latest medical staff...

Do we have to put our entire H&P language into the bylaws?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2010

    This weekly column from The Greeley Company addresses current issues in peer review, bylaws and...

Tip of the week: Identify which individuals may submit references for new applicants (free form)

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 4, 2010

    In the past, institutions often relied solely on references supplied by the applicant. But now it...

Ask the expert: What is inter-rater reliability (free form)?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 4, 2010

    Inter-rater reliability is the extent to which two or more individuals (or raters) agree. In the...

Clinical Service Lines: Clear as Mud

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Hospitals and health systems are increasingly interested in designing and implementing clinical...

MSP Perspective: Reciprocal audits offer low-cost learning for MSPs

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Ask any MSP, and he or she will tell you that having the funds available to attend conferences and...

The new marketing frontier: Recruit physicians by engaging in social media Web sites

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    As a medical staff leader or MSP, if you had to sum up your duties in three sentences, could you do...

Does your governing board understand medical staff issues?

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Do your hospital governing board members understand why peer review is such a contentious issue...

Medical Staff Briefing, February 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

In the news: Joint Commission's Annual Report on Quality and Safety gives evidence-based medicine a thumbs up

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2010

    Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and...

Ask the expert: What can we do to educate new governing board members?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2010

    Have you ever joined a committee and, felt so lost during your first meeting that you wondered...

Tip of the week: Engage physicians in medical staff affairs

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2010

    When medical staff leaders develop a strategy to engage physicians, they should keep the following...

Accountable care organizations (ACOs): The real deal or a field of dreams?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2010

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Ask the expert: Do locum tenens staffing agencies serve as a credentialing verification organization (CVO) for the practitioners they provide?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    One of the benefits enjoyed by medical staffs working with a locum tenens agency is that the...

Tip of the week: Prior to a fair hearing, allow the physician in question to object to hearing panel members

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    Medical staffs can undermine a fair hearing process by denying the physician in question the...

This month in MSB

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    Don’t forget to check your mailbox (electronic or otherwise) to get the latest medical staff...

Credentialing and privileging monthly: ABP may point maintenance of certification in a new direction

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Save the date: Credentialing Resource Center Symposium, May 6-7, 2010

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are talented credentialing teams. Join Greeley experts...

HCPro quick poll results

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    In the December 31 issue of Medical Staff Leader Connection, we asked whether your medical staff...

Tip of the week: Create a task force to evaluate ED call options

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    The primary goal of an ED call task force is to engage the medical staff at the front end of this...

Ask the expert: What is the difference between management and leadership?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    Simply stated, leadership is the act of getting things done through other people. However, doing so...

Bylaws and governance monthly: Resolving conflicts between the MEC and medical staff

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Tip of the week: Communicate all outcomes (not just the bad ones) to the physician

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    The peer review committee should notify any physician whose case is being reviewed of the findings...

Ask the expert: Can third parties be charged for the costs of focused professional practice evaluation (FPPE)?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    In general, there is no third-party reimbursement to cover focused review. Because the proctor does...

Peer review monthly: What are your medical staff’s New Year resolutions?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Hone your emotional intelligence and leadership

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    One of the most important leadership qualities is what psychologist Daniel Goleman calls emotional...

Physician councils are communication vehicles

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Hospitals often find that the people who have the experience and expertise to assist with...

Medical Staff Briefing 2009 index

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Use this quick guide to find your favorite MSB articles from 2009

Florida's three-strike rule falls flat, attorney challenges enabling language

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    One Florida malpractice attorney wants to make sure that the three–strikes-your-out rule...

Meeting minute best practices that protect your organization during litigation

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Minute taking is an art. Too little information in meeting minutes may result in inadequate...

Borrow strategies from physician-owned hospitals to achieve alignment

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Community hospitals don’t have to invite physicians to be owners to reap the benefits of...

Medical Staff Briefing, January 2010

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

The knee bone is connected to the hip bone: Understanding the structure of the medical staff services department to make accurate diagnoses

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 52, December 31, 2009

    As an MSP, I’m often asked to evaluate and diagnose problems that prevent the medical staff...

Quick poll: Is your medical staff services department going paperless?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 52, December 23, 2009

    Is your medical staff services department going paperless? Let us know by taking this quick poll...

Ask the expert: What is the role of the appellate review committee?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 52, December 23, 2009

    The appellate review committee or panel, which is usually made up of members of the governing...

Tip of the week: Keep minutes short and sweet

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 52, December 23, 2009

    Focus on the actions taken during the meeting, rather than the discussion that led to the decision...

Letter from the editor: Ring in the new year with professional goals

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 52, December 23, 2009

    Dear Medical Staff Leader Connection readers, Whenever a new year approaches, I think about my...

Ask the expert: What is economic credentialing?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2009

    Economic credentialing assesses, as a qualifying factor, the financial impact of accepting a...

Tip of the week: Set priorities with an affinity diagram

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2009

    Have you ever found yourself in a brainstorming session during which so many ideas were flying...

In the news: MS.01.01.01 out for field review

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2009

    The Joint Commission released a draft of standard MS.01.01.01 (formerly MS.1.20) and its 36 EPs on...

How I wished I had been trained for the MEC

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 51, December 23, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Why physicians should care about finances

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 51, December 21, 2009

    Although not specifically trained to read financial statements and budgets, physicians should be...

In the news: Physician Hospitals of America speaks out against reform proposal

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    The healthcare reform bill passed by the U.S. House and a bill under consideration in the Senate...

Ask the expert: How should we address the composition of the credentials committee in our medical staff bylaws?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    Below is some sample bylaws language that explains the composition of the credentials...

Tip of the week: Conduct a self audit to ensure compliance with credentialing standards

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    Performing credentialing process audits is similar to conducting patient record audits in that it...

FREE white paper: Why should physicians care about hospital finances?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    So why should the medical staff care about helping management achieve its financial goals? After...

Credentialing and privileging monthly: Overcome credentialing challenges posed by hospitalists

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

This month in MSB

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    Don’t forget to check your mailbox (electronic or otherwise) to get the latest medical staff...

In the news: PQRI reporting initiative pays out

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    What would you do with $92 million? According to a Healthcare Financial Management Association...

Ask the expert: In the case of a disruptive or impaired physician, how many people should be involved in an intervention?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    The first intervention is collegial and only one person should carry it out. However, if the...

Tip of the week: Simple steps to strengthen your communication skills

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    You’ve probably heard that part of being a good communicator is being a good listener, but...

Bylaws and governance monthly: It’s almost a New Year--Have you adjusted your bylaws to accommodate a new leadership era?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 49, December 9, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Hospitals upping surveillance efforts to improve hand-washing compliance with ARRA funds

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    Maryland hospitals are applying their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds toward secret...

Tip of the week: Educate new MEC members about their credentialing responsibilities

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    Many medical executive committee (MEC) members take their posts in January, which is right around...

Ask the expert: What are best practices for conducting retrospective FPPE?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    Standardize the case review method and scoring system to remove bias and make evaluation reports...

Peer review monthly: A Christmas Carol

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Case study: Make leadership education a priority

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Whether the funds come from the medical staff, hospital administration, or both, one of the best...

MSPs think outside the box: Next-generation tips to save time, money, and resources

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    There is no time like an economic downturn to get people thinking about how to do more with less...

Competition forces industry to up the recruitment ante

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    If bending over backward hasn’t always been part of the physician recruitment process, it...

Medical Staff Briefing, December 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Medical Staff Briefing is a monthly newsletter for medical staff leaders and medical staff services...

This month in Medical Staff Briefing

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 18, 2009

    Don’t forget to check your mailbox (electronic or otherwise) to get the latest medical staff...

MSP tip of the week: Stay on top of legal issues

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 18, 2009

    Whether you’re responsible for coordinating the peer review committee or perform...

Ask the expert: At academic medical centers, who appoints the department chairs?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 18, 2009

    In some academic medical centers, the chair of the medical staff department also serves as the...

Credentialing monthly: What is the role of the credentials committee in addressing unprofessional conduct?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, November 18, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Wondering about The Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    If you didn’t get a chance to attend The Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium in Naples...

Ask the expert: How can I ensure that the MEC is living up to the medical staff’s and hospital’s expectations?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    One of the best ways to ensure that the MEC is living up to the medical staff’s and...

Tip of the week: Do away with arbitrary time limits on committee appointments

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    Because so much work goes into training new committee members, keep existing members as long as...

FREE white paper: Foster a higher standard of professional conduct

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    One of the most difficult challenges facing medical staff leaders is overseeing professional...

Poll results

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    Last week, we asked readers whether their organizations had a disruptive/impaired physician policy...

Bylaws and governance monthly: Balance the value of time and money when determining medical staff leadership pay

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, November 11, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Reader survey: Who gets to keep the medical records?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    As editor of Medical Staff Briefing and Medical Staff Leader Connection, I write frequently about...

Do you have a disruptive/impaired physician policy?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    HCPro wants to hear from you! Every month, we post a new interactive poll question on our Web site...

Tip of the week: Train physician reviewers to do effective case reviews

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    Physicians have reviewed case charts from their first days of medical school, but they are rarely...

Ask the expert: Who should set physician performance targets?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    When determining what data to collect to evaluate physician competence, it is critical that the...

Peer Review Monthly: Do you know what I know?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 4, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Joint Commission Alert puts leaders behind the wheel of patient safety: Steps for navigating the road ahead

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    With the release of Sentinel Event Alert #43, The Joint Commission is driving home a message that...

MSP neutrality: Maintain diplomacy during medical staff-administrative conflicts

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    When medical staff members and the hospital administrative team are pitted against each other, MSPs...

Tips for a successful medical staff leadership retreat: Involve leaders in training the next generation

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Medical staffs need to take the initiative to provide current and future leaders with the tools and...

Medical Staff Briefing, November 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Medical Staff Briefing acts as a support system by providing time-saving tools, expert advice, and...

In the news: Want to improve quality? Start by getting physicians involved.

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, October 28, 2009

    It’s no secret that physicians are increasingly disengaged from hospital happenings, and that...

Tip of the week: Send physicians reminder notices to return important documentation

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, October 28, 2009

    MSPs often struggle to receive information—including elements of medical staff...

Ask the expert: When verifying an applicant's work history, how far back should the medical staff services department go?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, October 28, 2009

    Each hospital must determine how far back to verify applicant’s healthcare-related...

Get ready for Medical Staff Services Awareness Week!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 44, October 28, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

The Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium is just around the corner!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    Dear readers, Don’t miss out on your opportunity to participate in The Greeley Medical Staff...

Ask the expert: Who should be responsible for FPPE and proctoring costs?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    In most organizations, the hospital or parent institution incurs the cost of focused professional...

Tip of the week: Define hospitalists' scope of practice in job descriptions before launching a recruiting campaign

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    Correct job descriptions are critical, not only to set appropriate expectations for the hospitalist...

Ten steps to great information technology (IT) implementation

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, October 21, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Editor's pick: What's your credentialing software missing?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 14, 2009

    If your medical staff office’s existing credentialing software helps you create and generate...

Tip of the week: Separate clinical evaluation requests from hospital affiliation verification requests

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 14, 2009

    A common mistake many medical staff services departments (MSSD) make is to combine a...

Ask the expert: As a medical staff leader, are there any decision-making techniques I should be using during meetings?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 14, 2009

    Meetings almost always include action items that call for group decision-making. Some action items...

This month in MSB

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 14, 2009

    Don’t forget to check your mailbox (electronic or otherwise) to get the latest medical staff...

Poll results: Does your facility conduct centralized peer review?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 14, 2009

    A recent poll on HCPro.com reveals that more hospitals conduct centralized peer review compared to...

The Joint Commission introduces MS.03.01.01: A tougher telemedicine standard, but only for some

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 14, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Physician executive compensation up by 12%

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    Physician executive compensation rose by an average of 12%, according to 2009 Physician Executive...

Tip of the week: Use professional reference questionnaires to make sound credentialing decisions--Free form!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    It is more important than ever to create an effective method of capturing performance data that...

Bylaws and governance monthly: Do you have problems getting a quorum at meetings?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 7, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

CMS aims to fill Stark Law loopholes with new joint venture rules

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Your facility may need to rethink its joint ventures before October 1. That’s the date the...

Lessons learned: VA quality concerns trigger hospitals to polish peer review practices

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    If you read news reports of the troubled brachytherapy program at the Philadelphia VA Medical...

Joint Commission task force inches toward an MS.01.01.01 resolution: What the working draft means for medical staff bylaws

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    The standard formerly known as MS.1.20 is on the move again.

Medical Staff Briefing, October 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Inside: What docs need to know about restrictive clauses Joint Commission task force inches...

The Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium is just around the corner!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, September 30, 2009

    Dear readers, Don’t miss out on your opportunity to participate in The Greeley medical...

In the news: Outside stress factors contribute to medical errors, meditation can help

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, September 30, 2009

    According to a study in the Sept. 23/30 issue of JAMA, fatigue isn’t the only factor that...

Tip of the week: MSPs--know your audience when designing a presentation

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, September 30, 2009

    As an MSP, you likely present to a wide range of individuals: medical staff members, committee and...

Ask the expert: What tools are available to help an organization obtain and use perception data to evaluate physician competency?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, September 30, 2009

    Perception data differ from clinical data in that it is based on how others view our performance in...

Peer review monthly: Board certification and peer review

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, September 30, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Hospitals not making board certification a requirement for privileges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 23, 2009

    A new study in Archives of Surgery suggest that hospitals do not consistently require physicians to...

Ask the expert: Should we address aging practitioners in our bylaws?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 23, 2009

    At the age of 65, practitioners shall complete an annual examination that addresses their physical...

The aging physician: Balancing safety, respect, and dignity

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, September 23, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Joint Commission launches Center for Transforming Healthcare to tackle patient safety issues

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 16, 2009

    The Joint Commission (formerly JACHO) last week announced the launch of the Center for Transforming...

Ask the expert: I'm new to the medical staff services department. What is the difference between laundry list privileges and core privileges?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 16, 2009

    For many years, the standard method of privileging was referred to as “the laundry...

Tip of the week: Learn to tackle low-volume provider challenges in just 90 minutes

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 16, 2009

    Having trouble gathering enough competency data on physicians who rarely darken your...

Breakthrough performance in hand washing

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 16, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Win two free seats at the Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    Have you entered this month’s contest for two free seats at the Greeley Medical Staff...

In the news: Leadership essential to preventing medical errors, says Joint Commission

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    Effective leadership can prevent medical errors, says The Joint Commission in an Aug. 27 Sentinel...

Tip of the week: Require minimum ED call days

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    One approach to providing adequate emergency department (ED) call coverage is to require each...

Ask the expert: During a fair hearing, what are the hearing panel chair’s responsibilities?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    The CEO, acting for the board and after considering the recommendations of the president of the...

Bylaws and governance monthly: Don't wait for healthcare reform to kick in before improving medical staff processes

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 9, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Bergstrom case forces CA to take a closer look at its peer review systems

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 2, 2009

    Legislators are considering making peer review laws uniform throughout the state rather than...

Ask the expert: How do I keep new leaders from becoming discouraged by the potential long-term commitment?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 2, 2009

    Encourage new leaders to experiment with short-term roles, such as committee membership or task...

Tip of the week: Prepare a list of FAQs before distributing physician competency reports for the first time

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 2, 2009

    Putting together a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) is a useful change management strategy...

Peer Review Monthly: The case of the delayed C-section-Individual vs. system issues in peer review

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 2, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Medical Staff Briefing, September 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Inside: Five steps to crafting foolproof contracts with independent groups What your medical...

Five steps to crafting foolproof contracts with independent groups

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    As physicians increasingly opt to work for independent companies that contract with hospitals to...

What your medical staff can expect during a DNV survey

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    DNV survey activities are not very different than those of The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO...

Sailing the seven Cs: Influencing culture

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Culture is extraordinarily powerful and has the potential to either fuel or undermine your...

Tip of the week: Turn to past medical staff leaders to provide mentoring

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, August 19, 2009

    The pool of former medical staff leaders represents a wealth of talent and experience that should...

Ask the expert: What is the definition of a physician executive and what are his or her responsibilities?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, August 19, 2009

    Physician executives have long had a role in hospital management. During the 1980s and 1990s, with...

Physician alignment: Challenges concerning exclusive contracts

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, August 19, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: CMS issues restrictions on physicians’ handling of DMEPOS

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    In addition to the Stark and anti-kickback rules that already govern physicians&rsquo...

Ask the expert: Which individuals can recommend a bylaws amendment?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    Most medical staffs have traditionally allowed any member to suggest or submit a proposed bylaws...

Tip of the week: Get organized with the right forms for medical staff and committee meetings

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    When preparing for medical staff or committee meetings, the first form you should consider...

Quick poll results: 56% of medical staff services departments have three or more employees

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    A quick poll on HCPro.com reveals that of 28 respondents, 56% report having three or more employees...

Medical Staff Physician Leadership 2010 and beyond

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 34, August 19, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Win two free seats at the Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    Have you entered this month’s contest for two free seats at the Greeley Medical Staff...

In the news: Premier says any hospital can achieve positive value-based purchasing results

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    Although safety net hospitals (those with the highest percentage of disproportionate share...

Tip of the week: Conduct a staffing analysis to ensure your medical staff services department is allotting time wisely--Free form!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    To begin conducting a staffing analysis, download this free staffing analysis tool from...

Ask the expert: What qualifications and qualities should we require of our medical staff leaders?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    Consider requiring your medical staff leaders to possess the following qualifications and qualities.

Bylaws and governance monthly: To be or not to be a medical staff member

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 33, August 12, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: PA doc justifies "unnecessary" admission

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 5, 2009

    Although the healthcare community is trying to reduce the number of admissions to cut down on...

Tip of the week: Medical staff leaders should practice interventions

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 5, 2009

    If you have a problematic doctor on staff who requires an intervention, don’t approach him or...

Editor’s pick: What’s your credentialing software missing?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 5, 2009

    If your medical staff office’s existing credentialing software helps you create and generate...

Ask the expert: Should no- and low-volume providers be allowed to vote on medical staff matters?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 5, 2009

    The associate category is a non-voting category. It usually consists of new appointees to the...

Peer Review Monthly: Do you trust your peer review committee chair?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 32, August 5, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Special report: Integrating PAs and NPs into hospitalist practice

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Although increased medical school enrollment will help meet future healthcare needs, several...

Agree to disagree: Managing generation gaps on the medical staff

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    You’ve been in the meeting at which the physicians who’ve been on the medical staff...

The changing face of CME: Creating accountability and measuring improvement

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    The good old days when physicians could take a tax-deductible vacation disguised as continuing...

Special report: Despite barriers, more inactive physicians seek to reenter work force

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    The Association of American Medical Colleges has recommended a 30% increase in total medical school...

Medical Staff Briefing, August 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    This issue of Medical Staff Briefing and Hospitalist Leadership Advisor includes special reports on...

What's your credentialing software missing?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, July 29, 2009

    If your medical staff services department’s existing credentialing software helps you create...

In the news: Wisconsin supreme court rules that physicians must alert patients to all options

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, July 29, 2009

    Wisconsin’s supreme court ruled that William Brusky, MD, failed to inform a patient who he...

Editor’s pick: Greeley Medical Staff Institute early bird discount

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, July 29, 2009

    The Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium provides best practices and tools from leading...

Ask the expert: Are locum tenens physicians accountable for proving competency no matter how short their term?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, July 29, 2009

    Joint Commission standards require that organizations have plans for evaluating the competency of...

Tip of the week: Keep physicians informed of re-entry policy changes

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, July 29, 2009

    Medical staffs seldom have a policy in place to guide the re-entry process for physicians who have...

Medical staff culture: A look back at a year of new medical staff models

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 31, July 29, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Medversant sues Morrisey Associates over credentialing patent

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    Medversant Technologies LLC is taking Morrisey Associates to court over what they see as a patent...

Editor's Pick: ED On-Call Tools and Techniques Web cast 8/5

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    An ED on-call solution that balances physician, hospital, and community needs? Yes, it is possible...

Tip of the week: Put patient safety before manners

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    Credentials committees often overanalyze credentialing and privileging decisions regarding low- and...

Ask the expert: What is the AMA doing to help physicians trying to re-enter practice after an extended leave?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    Information regarding physician reentry related to program availability, program structure, and...

Medical Informatics: Order sets are a medical staff leader's best friend

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 30, July 22, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Contest to win free seats at the Greeley Medical Staff Institute

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 29, July 21, 2009

    There’s still time to enter this month’s contest for two free seats at the Greeley...

In the news: CMS officially deems Joint Commission's CAH accreditation

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 15, 2009

    Once again, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted The Joint Commission...

Enter to win free registration to the Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 15, 2009

    We know budgets are tight, so in an effort to make the upcoming Greeley Medical Staff Institute...

Ask the Expert: Are non-physicians allowed to sit on a hearing panel?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 15, 2009

    The Health Care Quality Improvement Act allows the use of non-physicians on a hearing panel...

Tip of the week: Medical directors should keep track of hours to receive fair compensation

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 15, 2009

    Vast pay discrepancies for medical directorships exist depending on specialty, region, and type of...

Bylaws and governance monthly: Medical staff leadership--is it limited to physicians?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 29, July 15, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

Credentialing and privileging monthly: Summer number conundrums

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Georgia Supreme court redefines discoverability

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    The Supreme Court of Georgia in June ruled that plaintiffs who bring negligent credentialing...

Ask the expert: CMS had changed its definition of "physician" to include MDs, DOs, DPMs, optometrists, and chiropractors. Does that mean we are required to include these practitioners on the medical staff?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    No, unless otherwise required by state law, says Claude (Bud) Pate, REHS, vice president of content...

Tip of the week: Protect your facility from apparent agency claims with these best practices

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    Under the apparent agency theory, a patient can sue a hospital for the negligence of a physician if...

Letter from the editor: Introducing the Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 28, July 8, 2009

    HCPro and The Greeley Company have teamed up to create the Greeley Medical Staff Institute...

Physician-hospital competition and collaboration: Sailing the seven Cs: Managing competition

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Given a lack of economic alignment, shrinking or flat reimbursement, and the emergence of new...

Find data to assess the competency of APPs

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Measuring the competence of advanced practice professionals, such as nurse practitioners and...

Physician orientation: An essential retention tool

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Although many physicians consider the orientation process unnecessary, it can help make the...

Medical directorships: Define responsibilities to ensure fair pay

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Nurses provide care to patients. Radiologists read and interpret x-rays. Hospital CEOs ensure a...

Emergency preparedness: Disaster veterans share experiences and lessons learned

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Even if your hospital is in a safe haven out of the path of hurricanes and tornados, you should...

Medical Staff Briefing, July 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    In this issue of Medical Staff Briefing, learn how to get the ball rolling on an emergency...

In the news: AHRQ posts state snapshots on quality

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently published online its 2008 State...

Save the date: Greeley Medical Staff Institute Symposium November 8-9 in Naples, FL

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    There are few opportunities for physician leaders to come together, share ideas, and learn from...

Ask the expert: How can I help medical staff leaders prepare for a Joint Commission survey?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    Try a PowerPoint presentation with a little kick, says Dana Crowell, CPMSM, director of medical...

Tip of the week: Create a policy for physician competency reports

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    You’ve designed a physician reporting mechanism and are getting ready to distribute your...

Peer Review Monthly: Amazing Grace

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 27, July 1, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Hospital makes physicians’ notes accessible to patients

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is launching a one-year Open Notes campaign, which...

Ask the expert: What do I need to include in the acknowledgement section of the medical staff credentialing application?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    A key part to any credentialing application is the attestation, acknowledgement, and release forms...

Tip of the week: Compare past information with present disclosures to identify red flags

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    Comparing information that physicians have submitted in the past with current disclosures is one...

Medical Staff Matters: Why bother with reappointment?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 26, June 24, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Study on NPDB reporting sparks debate over the effectiveness of peer review

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2009

    In the June 4 issue of MS Leader Connection, we reported that hospitals aren’t reporting to...

Tip of the week: Update your emergency staffing plan to ensure adequate rest time

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2009

    During disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, and tornados, your staff may be so pumped up on...

Ask the expert: What is the medical staff's role in tracking physician immunizations?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2009

    If your organization requires documentation of TB or other immunizations, the medical staff should...

Credentialing and privileging monthly: Alien invasion or attack of the skeptics?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 24, June 17, 2009

    The first three weeks of each month, this weekly column from The Greeley Company will address...

In the news: Grand Junction physicians put patient care over revenue, create access for community

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2009

    Physicians in Mesa County, IA may have the healthcare reform solution we’ve all been looking...

Ask the expert: Why is it so difficult for hospitals to comply with EMTALA?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2009

    EMTALA is an unfunded federal mandate that requires hospitals to provide ED on-call services...

Tip of the week: Polish your conflict of interest policy

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2009

    By having your medical staff members fill out a conflict of interest disclosure form every year...

Greeley bylaws and governance monthly: Has the responsibility of medical staff leadership become too burdensome?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 23, June 10, 2009

    With physicians working longer hours and also devoting more time for family, they don’t have...

The MSP salary survey results are in!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2009

    The results of our 2009 MSP Salary Survey are in! Use the data we’ve collecting to...

In the news: Hospitals not reporting practitioners to NPDB

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2009

    Hospitals are not reporting practitioners to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) as often as...

Call for questions: Physician-Hospital Alignment: Practical Tools and Models in Today’s Economy audio conference (Live show on 6/16!)

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2009

    Wondering whether your facility should pursue a joint venture with several local physicians...

Ask the expert: Are all practitioners with temporary privileges considered locum tenens?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2009

    Locum tenens is a Latin term for “placeholder” and is not a term that The Joint...

Tip of the week: Account for severity and risk factors when reviewing peers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2009

    When physicians are given feedback data regarding outcomes, a common response is “My outcomes...

Greeley Peer Review Monthly: Don't let the peer review process be held hostage by an incomplete discharge summary

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 22, June 3, 2009

    I recently attended a peer review committee meeting, during which I learned that the quality...

Physician-hospital competition and collaboration: Sailing the Seven Cs: Improving communication

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Hospitals that provide communication training to board members, administrators, and medical staff...

Prep medical staff leaders for Joint Commission surveys

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Because MSPs manage the nitty-gritty medical staff services department details, they are often the...

All in the family: Effectively manage conflicts of interest that hit home

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    How familial relationships work in real life, especially with conflict of interest on the top of...

Evolving physician practices create challenges for state licensing boards

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    A report published in the February Pediatrics, reveals that only 34% of state licensing boards...

Medical Staff Briefing, June 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    In this issue of MSB, you’ll learn about the state of medical licensure, how to train medical...

In the news: CCHIT announces 2009-2010 standards for electronic prescribing certification

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2009

    The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) has recently announced...

Ask the expert: If a sponsoring physician loses privileges or resigns, do dependent APPs lose their employment?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2009

    They could, depending on how your bylaws are constructed. First, it’s important to understand...

Tip of the week: Adjust policies to grant membership without privileges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2009

    If your medical staff wants the option of granting physicians membership without privileges, its...

New medical staff models: Examples from the field

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 21, May 27, 2009

    Many organizations have asked me what other organizations are trying, and more importantly...

In the news: Colorado physician's license called into question

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2009

    It seems a given that any physician needs a license to practice in each state in which he or sees...

Editor's pick: Join HCPro for Physician-Hospital Alignment: Practical Tools and Models in Today's Economy-Now at a discounted price!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2009

    We understand that budgets are tight, so we've dropped the price from $269 to $199!! I hope you can...

Tip of the week: When credentialing APPs and CAs, don't answer "who" until you've answered "what" and "how"

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2009

    As organizations consider redesigning their processes and allow advanced practice professionals...

Ask the expert: When credentialing physicians, how many malpractice suits are too many?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2009

    I don’t know that there’s a number that would take care of each and every concern that...

Credentialing & privileging column: Write now or forever hold your peace

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 20, May 20, 2009

    Communicating reference information about physicians has always been a challenge for medical staff...

Editor's pick: Low-volume/no-volume practitioners white paper

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 13, 2009

    A number of factors are driving physicians to focus less on practicing in the hospital and more on...

Ask the expert: Our medical staff received a clean application that is just waiting for the medical executive committee and the board to review. Can we grant this physician temporary privileges?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 13, 2009

    Temporary privileges may be granted for up to 120 calendar days when a practitioner applying for...

Tip of the week: Update privilege delineations regularly

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 13, 2009

    For privilege delineations, it is important to ensure that all procedures listed on the delineation...

In the news: California Supreme Court limits the role of the hearing officer

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 13, 2009

    A recent California Supreme Court ruling limits the role of the hearing officer after a...

Bylaws review: Emergency privileges are not the same as disaster privileges

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 19, May 13, 2009

    When reviewing bylaws, I often see confusion regarding emergency and disaster privileges. Many...

Editor's pick: Free Greeley white paper addressing physician-hospital alignment

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    What do fed-up ED on-call surgeons, disgruntled specialists, and a frustrated CEO all have in...

In the news: Group purchasing organizations can save healthcare industry billions

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    Group purchasing organizations (GPO) have the potential to save the United States health care...

Ask the expert: Where can I find physician compensation data?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    When recruiting a physician to a particular specialty, a variety of physician compensation data...

Tip of the week: Distribute physician feedback reports every six months

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    The most practical approach is to distribute feedback reports every six months. This provides...

Robert Marder's Peer Review Monthly: 13 Angry Men

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    Some of the most dramatic movie scenes involve a jury deliberating the fate of a defendant. In...

Physician-hospital competition and collaboration: Sailing the seven Cs: Improving communication

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Communication especially in this 24/7 age of instantaneous news must be timely, accurate, and...

Medical staff leadership training: Make the most of your first six weeks in office

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    You've volunteered or been elected to take on a medical staff leadership role. So now what? In...

A look in the mirror: 360-degree evaluations improve physician performance

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    In most cases, 360-degree evaluations are used to assess residents, but they can be easily adapted...

Let's talk leadership: Greeley experts answer your questions

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Many leaders are thrown into positions with little notion of what the hospital expects of them or...

Medical Staff Briefing, May 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    Learn the nuances of determining physician compensation, why 360-degree evaluations aren?t just for...

In the news: State medical boards not disciplining doctors

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 29, 2009

    State agencies that license and discipline doctors in California and Florida are among those with...

Ask the expert: How can physician assessment programs supplement regular peer review?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 29, 2009

    There may be times when you might want a more in-depth scrutiny of a physician’s...

Tip of the week: Take minutes that capture the meaning of meeting conversations

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 29, 2009

    Meeting minutes must be recorded accurately because when everyone leaves at the end of the meeting...

Featured column: No Hospital for Old Men

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 29, 2009

    Health care is becoming an increasingly data driven and quality driven industry. Those of us...

Featured column: Tips for using outside peer reviewers

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 17, April 29, 2009

    Medical staff leaders are often daunted at the prospect of engaging and paying outside peer...

In the news: Bad behavior or an attempt to knock out the competition?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    A cardiologist is suing the Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY for allegedly terminating his medical...

Ask the expert: How should we decide whether to adopt a new clinical technology?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    When attempting to determine whether to grant a physician’s request for new-technology...

Tip of the week: Use simple technology to improve medical staff communication

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    Medical staff and hospital leaders need to communicate with multiple stakeholders: The medical...

Featured column: Embrace IT to improve quality of care

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    I was a good physician and was sure I could easily find “clean” records to demonstrate...

In the news: Joint Commission releases new scoring information

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    Accreditation professionals across the country have known for months that revisions to Joint...

Editor's pick: CP+ demonstration 4/21

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    If you’re struggling to create a mechanism to ensure that your organization’s...

Tip of the week: Privileging criteria isn't just for new applicants

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    Many of you wonder what CMS and The Joint Commission are really looking for when it comes to...

Featured column: Credentialing and car care: Pay me now or pay me later

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    Fram, an after-market automotive parts manufacturer, once made a car care commercial that made this...

Ask the expert: What policies should I have in place for clinical observers?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    Clinical observers are a category of practitioners that organizations tend to overlook. It is...

Tip of the week: Never make an improper report to the National Practitioner Data Bank

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

     A hospital should never make an improper report to the National Practitioner Data Bank...

Featured column: Use "investigation" appropriately in your bylaws

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    The words you choose can make the difference between well-written bylaws that protect the medical...

Leadership reviews: Rating department chairs' performance

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Most medical staff bylaws include a clause that requires medical staff leaders to attend a minimum...

Medical Staff Briefing, April 2009

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    In this issue of MSB, we discover how organizational ombudsmen can help hospitals comply with Joint...

In the news: Joint Commission reduces its number of new and revised requirements

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 1, 2009

    In March, The Joint Commission and CMS slashed the number of new and revised requirements, which...

In the news: OIG adjusts approach to self-disclosure protocol in Open Letter

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 1, 2009

    In a March 24 Open Letter to Health Care Providers, the Office of Inspector General conveys its...

Tip of the week: Improve physician-nurse communication with the SBAR tool

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 13, April 1, 2009

    The SBAR tool, developed by Dr. M. Leonard and colleagues, has proven to be an effective...

Editor's pick: Free medical staff policy: Placing the burden on the applicant

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 25, 2009

    Your medical staff should have a policy that places the burden on the applicant to prove his or her...

Ask the expert: What voting thresholds are needed for a medical staff bylaws amendment to pass?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 12, March 25, 2009

    Medical staff voting methods are changing due to electronic ballots and no-action-required votes.

Ask the expert: Does probation involve restricting physician's privileges?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 11, March 18, 2009

    Do you get confused between a sanction and probation? Reprimand and warning? Greeley expert...

Ask the expert: Where is Joint Commission standard MS.01.01.01 EP 20?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    Several readers responded to last week's "Tip of the week" wondering where they could...

Peer review vs. risk management review: What's the difference?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 10, March 10, 2009

    If your hospital's risk management department defers cases to the medical staff peer review...

Tip of the week: Put H&P requirement language in your medical staff bylaws

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    Medical staffs have traditionally placed H&P requirement language in their rules and...

Ask the expert: How many facilities pay the president of the medical staff?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    According to a quick poll conducted on www.hcpro.com, 76% of respondents indicate that their...

Doctor's day is just around the corner, so it's time to get creative!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 9, March 3, 2009

    Budgets are tight, but that doesn’t mean your Doctor’s Day celebration should be...

Editor's pick: Listen to a free, audio preview of our credentialing and privileging workshop for medical staff leaders

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    Time is money, and these days no one can afford either commodity. That’s why HCPro, Inc. has...

Tip of the week: Encourage participation at meetings

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    Strong, but not dictatorial leadership is a key to encouraging open discussion and participation...

Managing the disruptive physician part 2: The performance pyramid model

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    The pyramid model illustrates that if you build the foundation layers of the medical staff well...

Ask the expert: Are you rethinking hospital-physician relationships?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    Please help HCPro provide you with important information you need by  taking a moment to share...

Tip of the week: Delegate thoughtfully

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    Every time you make a decision to delegate and involve staff, you free up time to focus on other...

Peer Review Monthly: No data is useful data

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    When defining indicators to measure physician competence, medical staffs have stumbled on the...

Editor's pick: Medical Staff Leader Virtual Training Workshop

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 5, February 11, 2009

    It’s a new year, which means you have new medical staff leaders on your team. We can’t...

Top 10 tips for running committees

  • Hospitalist Leadership Connection, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    Organizing this extracurricular activity can be very time consuming, but you can streamline your...

Ask the expert: What would you consider or define as a privilege restriction and who can or should be able to impose such a restriction?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2009

    Whether a decision is considered a "restriction" is sometimes in the eye of the beholder...

Managing the Disruptive Physician Part 1: Why is managing disruption so important?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 4, January 28, 2009

    This five-part series, authored by Jonathan Burroughs, MD, MBA, CMSL, senior consultant with The...

Ask the expert: When a physician requests a fair hearing, how long does the medical staff have to react?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    Under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act, if a physician requests a hearing, he or she must be...

Start now to ensure a successful hearing

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 3, January 21, 2009

    Theresa J. Rambosek, a healthcare attorney with Seattle-based Bennett, Bigelow & Leedom shares...

Editor's pick: Medical staff leader training series

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    It’s a new year, which means you have new medical staff leaders on your team. We can’t...

Helping physicians see FPPE as a tool, not a weapon

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    In 2007, The Joint Commission gave hospital medical staffs a gift: a framework to measure quality...

Ask the expert: If the medical executive committee decides it needs to investigate a physician's conduct or competence, who should conduct this investigation?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    It is often most practical for the medical executive committee to assign the duty of...

Tips for writing an effective code of conduct policy

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    As of January 1, 2009, The Joint Commission will require hospitals to develop a formal process for...

Medical Staff Briefing 2008 index

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    Bylaws Hospitals still waiting for verdict on MS.1.20. March, p. 6. Joint Commission stands...

Meeting management commandments

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 48, December 17, 2008

    Having a physician leader who can bring physicians together for a common cause is the key to...

Tip of the week: Know the four basic leadership styles

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 10, 2008

    For a long time, people thought there were only two leadership styles: autocratic and democratic...

Peer Review Monthly: The M&M model is no substitute for peer review

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 47, December 10, 2008

    Robert Marder, MD, CMSL, vice president of The Greeley Company, shares why M&M conferences are...

Follow the money: The strange and complex world of revenue cycle management

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 46, December 3, 2008

    The revenue cycle is a mysterious and complex process that seems disconnected from the primary...

Train an interdisciplinary team for communication

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    According to The Joint Commission, communication breakdowns are the most common cause of medical...

Thirteen tips for protecting peer review data and streamlining your processes

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    It seems as if every time you pick up the newspaper, another hospital is under fire for negligent...

Understanding the nuances of legal terms

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    Getting the Stark Law and federal anti-kickback statute confused is easy—both are intended to...

Understand 2009 Joint Commission changes

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    It’s that time of year again. When all the holiday celebrations are over and the ball has...

Tip of the week: Get comfortable with change

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 19, 2008

    Various economic and political factors are creating drastic changes to the healthcare environment...

Small Hospital Challenges Monthly: Do you need to update your documents?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 45, November 19, 2008

    Mary Hoppa, MD, MBA, CMSL, discusses the importance of updating medical staff documents, including...

Pearls for leaders

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 43, November 5, 2008

    Every once in a while, I read a book that has concise “pearls” that I find both...

Consolidate medical staff categories to take pressure off the MSO and streamline reappointmen

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    Hospitals are increasingly paring down their medical staff categories to make life a little easier...

Opening doors for physicians with mental health concerns

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    A physician yells at a nurse and throws a chart on the floor. The outburst causes a stir, but in...

13 tips to protect your peer review data and streamline your processes

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    If the Florida Supreme Court’s March decision to make all physician peer review information...

Medical staff members on governing boards: Critical expertise or conflict of interest?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 42, October 29, 2008

    Jon Burroughs, MD, MBA, CMSL, a senior consultant at The Greeley Company, says that thoughtful...

Ask the expert: What is a summary suspension?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 22, 2008

    Summary suspensions, automatic suspensions, precautionary suspensions—over the next few...

Tip of the week: Understand the characteristics of a good leader

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 22, 2008

    Wondering what—exactly—is the definition of a good leader? Here is a list leaders in...

Great to see you at NAMSS!

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 41, October 22, 2008

    Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the National Association of Medical Staff Services...

Ask the expert: What language should I use in a positive feedback letter?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 10, 2008

    When saying thank you to physicians on your staff, it is important they know what they are being...

Tip of the week: Stipends can be useful tool to compensate physicians taking ED call

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 40, October 10, 2008

    The most common form of compensation for on-call service is a stipend. Although the approach...

Sounding the alarm on disruptive behavior to meet Joint Commission standards

  • Medical Staff Briefing, Issue 10, October 10, 2008

    We all know that disruptive physician behavior creates a hostile work environment, but now there's...

Tip of the week: Define "investigation" in your bylaws

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 8, 2008

    It is important to have a crystal-clear definition of “investigation” in your bylaws...

Peer Review Monthly: Why is peer review hard to do?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 8, 2008

    Robert Marder, MD, CMSL, vice president of The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc. in...

Ask the expert: Does failing to act on a request for reappointment have legal implications?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 1, 2008

    Yes. Your organization’s policies should clearly outline the time frame by which it must act...

Tip of the week: Make ED call everyone’s responsibility

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 1, 2008

    Rather than requiring only particular staff categories to take such call, many medical staffs are...

Five dynamic tensions in contemporary medical staffs: Conclusion

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 39, October 1, 2008

    This is the conclusion to our seven-part series on the five dynamic tensions of contemporary...

Tip of the week: Ditch the paragraph in your bylaws that states your organization’s name

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 38, September 24, 2008

    Is stating your organization’s name on the coversheet of your bylaws enough? Our Greeley...

Ask the expert: What is an intended practice plan?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 37, September 17, 2008

    Under an intended practice plan model, part of the application process involves asking physicians...

Ask the expert: What should you tell potential leaders about the burdens, challenges, and risks of assuming a leadership role?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 36, September 10, 2008

    Assuming a leadership position has its burdens, as anyone involved heavily in medical staff affairs...

Ask the expert: What benefit does a "kitchen cabinet" serve?

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 3, 2008

    Some hospital CEOs have hand-picked a group of physicians to form their own "kitchen...

Tip of the week: Allowing disruptive physicians to confront their accusers is counterproductive

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 3, 2008

    When an individual in your organization submits a complaint about a physician, the physician may...

Five dynamic tensions in contemporary medical staffs part 5: Stability and change

  • Medical Staff Leader Insider, Issue 35, September 3, 2008

    Mark your calendars! This series on the five dynamic tensions of the medical staff by William K...