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Almost every Editor’s note in this e-weekly ends with “Thanks for reading!” Saying it that often doesn’t make it any less sincere: I know you’re time is limited and the free minutes we all have seem to erode a little more each year. So, thank you again for reading. Thank you also for responding. In 2014, CRCI readers weighed in with comments, forms, and helpful criticism about:
- CMS proposes CoP changes to recognize same-sex spouses
CMS last week proposed revisions that would add recognition of same-sex spouses to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) relevant to patients in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and other healthcare facilities. The changes to definitions and patient’s rights provisions would ensure that same-sex spouses in legally valid marriages are recognized and afforded equal rights in Medicare and Medicaid participating facilities, CMS stated.
- Study: Physician turnover rate stayed at 6.8% last year
A survey by Cejka Search and the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) shows physician turnover rates remain high compared with those of recent years. Released this week, the ninth annual Physician Retention Survey reported a 6.8% turnover rate in 2013. That matches the 2012 rate, which was the highest reported since data were first collected in 2005. Physician turnover in 2012 and 2013 was greater even than in 2009, in the depths of the economic downturn, suggesting a sluggish economy and unstable job market aren’t necessarily the only issues at play.
- The case for criminal background checks for physicians
The recent revelation that a physician in Maryland had been practicing for nearly two decades in the state despite being convicted of rape has brought renewed attention to the issue of whether state medical boards should require criminal background checks for physicians.
- Managing temporary and locum tenens privileges
Healthcare organizations facing staffing shortages may resort to granting temporary privileges and using locum tenens physicians. However, without full credentials verification of those physicians, credentialing and privileging professionals may clinically and legally endanger patients and healthcare organizations.At the Credentialing Resource Center Symposium, speaker Sally Pelletier, CPMSM, CPCS, will address this and several other hot-button credentialing and privileging issues throughout the two-day seminar, to be held March 12?13. Credentialing & Peer Review Legal Insider recently sat down with Pelletier to ask her about the risks associated with temporary and locum tenens privileges.
- New Jersey federal court dismisses surgeon's discrimination claims
The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, in an unpublished opinion, granted a hospital and related defendants' motion for summary judgment. The Court dismissed a physician's claims of breach of contract, defamation, and conspiracy to violate her civil rights based on her gender and national origin.
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