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  • Credentialing in hospital-owned clinics

    Recently my local clinic announced it had joined the “family” of practices owned by a large area healthcare organization. This is a trend nationwide, as more clinics are purchased by hospitals. It begs some questions: How do these acquisitions affect MSPs? If your organization has acquired an independent clinic, how do you credential those physicians and other practitioners?


  • Bogus physician faces charges in Pennsylvania

    A Pennsylvania woman was recently accused of identity theft and other charges after reportedly conducting physical examinations, including collecting urine samples, while using a Philadelphia psychiatrist’s medical license to pose as a physician. Joann Elizabeth Wingate, 56, allegedly advertised at a central Pennsylvania truck stop, offering physical exams for $65.


  • New Jersey reviewing autopsies by former state pathologist

    The New Jersey Attorney General's Office has advised South Jersey prosecutors to review all autopsies conducted by a former state pathologist who had been barred from practicing medicine in several other states. Hisham Hashish, 52, started work as an assistant medical examiner for South Jersey less than two months after he surrendered his medical license in New Mexico in 2011.


  • Surgeon’s alleged threat costs New York hospital

    An appeals court last week upheld a judgment against Ellis Hospital, in Schenectady, New York, over a violent threat allegedly made by a former surgeon to a physician assistant (PA) during an open heart procedure in 2009. The facility must compensate Caterina Lucke, PA, via worker’s compensation, for lost wages. The hospital sought to have Lucke's award overturned, arguing that she was familiar with cardiothoracic surgeon Harry J. DePan, MD's "difficult" personality; and that the presence of others in the OR undermined the severity of the threa


  • Missouri okays ’assistant physician’ legislation

    Missouri Gov. Ray Nixon has signed a bill that creates a new class of medical license in that state: the “assistant physician.” The new certificate will be issued to medical school graduates who didn’t get into a residency program and who passed Step 1 and 2 exams, but not Step 3. Assistant physicians would be licensed to practice just like regular practitioners, as long as they only treated patients in the most physician-starved poor and rural areas throughout the state.

  • Meet your top credentialing challenges

    Allegations of physician misconduct and negligence. “Assistant physicians” in Missouri. Expanding NP practices in Kentucky. This week’s news roundup showcases several potential credentialing challenges. Learn how to handle some of the toughest issues your department will face by tuning in to Verify and Comply: Meet Your Top Credentialing Challenges, a webcast slated for September 4, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

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  • Cut through credentialing confusion

    What are regulators really looking for from your medical staff services department? When CMS seems to want one thing and accreditors want something else, you need to cut through the confusion. Tune in to HCPro’s new webcast “Verify and Comply: Meet Your Top Credentialing Challenges,” on September 4 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Join Carol S. Cairns, CPMSM, CPCS, and get the guidance you need to clarify differences among CMS, accreditors, and medical staff requirements.

    • Identify the similarities and differences among regulators and accreditors (including CMS, The Joint Commission, DNV, HFAP, and NCQA)
    • Differentiate old medical staff standards language and “urban legends” versus current requirements
    • Clarify vague standards and unclear terminology

    Bring your toughest credentialing and privileging questions!

    Click here for more information or to sign up for this presentation.