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- Join us at the Credentialing Resource Center Symposium
Join us as we bring MSPs and medical staff leaders together to discover innovative solutions to top medical staff challenges at the Credentialing Resource Center Symposium at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, on March 12-13, 2015. This symposium will deliver two days of engaging education and training taught by leading credentialing and medical staff experts. Industry experts Hugh Greeley; Carol S. Cairns, CPMSM, CPCS; Sally Pelletier, CPMSM, CPCS; and Todd Sagin, MD, JD, will offer best practices and winning strategies to overcome the most challenging issues facing the field today.
- Organizational shifts and rifts
This week’s featured news items cover medical staff bylaws, employed physicians, hospital-owned clinics, and nurse practitioners—and also highlight some of the shifts and rifts happening nationwide. Is your hospital dealing with employed physicians in hospital-owned practices? If so, does the Avera Marshall case worry you? If your organization has employed formerly independent physicians, is there a culture shock (for you or them) when they arrive? Please tell me, even if it’s been smooth sailing for everyone involved.
- MN court: Bylaws constitute ’enforceable contract’
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that a medical staff can sue its hospital board. Avera Marshall medical staff members brought the case against South Dakota-based Avera Health System over bylaws changes at the hospital in Marshall, Minnesota, and the case found its way to the state Supreme Court after two lower courts ruled in favor of the hospital.
- Employed physicians: As NH goes, so goes the nation?
The practice of medicine is changing, and it is being felt acutely on the New Hampshire Seacoast—nearly 90% of practicing physicians are managed under medical groups such as Appledore Medical Group, Core Physicians in Exeter, and Wentworth Health Partners in Dover. Physicians in medical group practices receive benefits as in any other business, including health and malpractice benefits. They, in turn, have expectations to meet as an employed provider.
- Report gauges the state of NPs’ scope of practice
Nurse practitioners (NP) seeking to practice with no restrictions should look for work in the Pacific Northwest, upper New England, or the Rocky Mountain states, but not the South, according to an issue brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The brief, titled “Tapping the Potential of Nurse Practitioners to Meet Rising Demand for Primary Care,” was released this week.
- Is peer review a waste of time?
If there are members of your medical staff who think so, there’s probably no way to change their minds. Nevertheless, peer review is a requirement because it can stop or pre-empt bad care and save patient lives—and it’s not going away. If your organization is struggling with it, tune in to Peer Review: Seven Challenges and Realistic Solutions, a January 28 webcast featuring Robert Marder, MD, and Mark Smith, MD, who will take on some of the thorniest aspects of the process and answer your questions.
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