JW Moore Tuesday CME Conference – “Body Medicine”
Cathy Kim, M.D., Integrative Body Medicine, will present a lecture on “Body Medicine”. She will: 1) Discuss how to employ the mind-body approaches that form the foundation of modern self-care, and 2) Discuss management of pain treatment through alternative therapies.
The conference will take place on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at noon, in Nichols Auditorium. Lunch will be provided and Category 1 & 1-A CME will be available. If you would like to view this lecture online, please contact the CME Coordinator, Christeva Vazquez at email@example.com or 805-948-5638 to be added to the webinar list.
CMHS Computers Downtime – Kudos to our Hospital Staff, Medical Staff & IT Department
Last Tuesday, October 23rd, our Health System experienced a near total downtime of our IT systems. Touring the clinical floors showed a Hospital Staff, Medical Staff and IT department that rose to the challenge of the occasion. Downtime paper procedures were implemented unceremoniously, orderly and efficiently, providing our patients with the level of excellence in care that reflected the dedication and professionalism of our Hospital family. Thank you one and all for coming through the way you always do.
CMHS email will be migrated on Sunday, November 4th at 8 am. Please review the information below so you can maintain external access to your email.
- At some point during the day on Sunday, you will stop receiving email to your Boxer application.
- Download Outlook for Android or iOS from their respective app stores.
- Monday morning open Outlook on your mobile device, when prompted to add an account enter your CMHS email address, and password (next screen).
- Delete Boxer
Desktop / Laptop Computer
- Shut down your pc before Sunday, November 4th (failure to do this may require IT to perform additional setups).
- Monday Morning turn on your computer and login to Windows as you normally would.
- Open Outlook on your computer and when prompted enter you CMHS email and Windows password. You may be prompted to sign in and then choose account type if so use your email address and then choose the “Work or School” option
Post-migration, email for mobile devices will only be supported using the Outlook app. Below are a couple of links that provide install and setup information for your device, the apps can be found in your device app store.
Question: How do I create a good password?
Long passwords are stronger. These tips can help you create longer passwords that are easier to remember. Try using:
- A lyric from a song or poem
- A meaningful quote from a movie or speech
- A passage from a book
- A series of words that are meaningful to you
- An abbreviation: Make a password from the first letter of each word in a sentence
With so much personal information available online, avoid choosing passwords that could be guessed by:
- People who know you
- People looking at easily accessible info (like your social media profile)Michiel de Bruin, Information Security Officer, CMHS
Boosting emotional intelligence in physicians can protect against stress, burnout
People with high emotional intelligence have more effective coping strategies, enabling them to be more resilient and better able to manage stress.
A Loyola Medicine study demonstrated that an educational curriculum for physicians in training improves their emotional intelligence, which may help protect against burnout. Before and after completing the educational intervention, doctors took a test measuring their emotional intelligence and significant increases in scores for emotional intelligence, stress management, and overall wellness were found at the end.
HERE’S THE IMPACT
Teaching emotional intelligence skills “may improve stress management skills, promote wellness and prevent burnout in resident physicians,” the researchers wrote.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others and to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. People with high emotional intelligence have more effective coping strategies, enabling them to be more resilient and better able to manage stress. And unlike IQ, emotional intelligence can be taught.
The Loyola study included 20 pediatric and 11 med-peds residents (combining pediatrics and internal medicine) at Loyola, who completed a 133-item emotional intelligence survey before and after undergoing emotional intelligence training. The survey is called Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0, EQ-i 2.0.
The emotional intelligence training was integrated into the resident educational curriculum and focused on self-awareness (being aware of one’s emotions), self-management (ability to manage one’s emotional reactions to situations and people), social awareness (ability to pick up emotions in others) and social skill. The educational intervention included didactic teaching, discussions and videos.
THE BIGGER TREND: PHYSICIAN BURNOUT
Physician burnout has reached alarming levels, with some studies finding it affects at least half of all doctors. Burnout is defined as overwhelming exhaustion, cynicism, detachment from work and a sense of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.
The trend is even worse among healthcare leaders, 73 percent of whom feel at least some degree of overstress, according to one poll.
Earlier this year, a Medscape National Report on Physician Burnout and Depression found that nearly two-thirds of U.S. physicians report feeling burned-out, depressed or both, with one in three admitting that their feelings of depression have an impact on how they relate to patients and colleagues.
And physician burnout can hurt the bottom line. Research has shown, for instance, a consistent relationship between higher levels of physician burnout and lower levels of patient safety and quality of care.
– Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor
Most Medicare Advantage Denials are Wrong, Providers Biggest Losers: OIG Report
A new HHS Inspector General’s report details how most coverage denials from insurers and plans in the Medicare Advantage program were flat-out wrong, leading to major loses for providers. After reviewing hundreds of MA contracts, the OIG discovered that the plans “overturned 75% of their own denials during 2014-16, overturning approximately 216,000 denials each year.” The study also found that 82% of the wrongful denials arose from appeals by the providers themselves for payment for services already rendered. The OIG’s key takeaway from the study: “High numbers of overturned denials upon appeal, and persistent performance problems identified by CMS audits, raise concerns that some beneficiaries and providers may not be getting services and payment that MAOs are required to provide.” To view the report, click here.
Nearly half of all Medicare Advantage plans are offering additional supplemental benefits to members in 2019 under new rules meant to provide greater flexibility in what’s covered, according to an analysis of plan filings. Click here for details.
– Strategic Health Care
Anthem ER Policy Could Invalidate 17% of Visits: Study
Nearly 1 in 6 emergency room visits could be deemed inappropriate, and therefore ineligible for coverage if insurers nationwide adopt a controversial policy implemented by Anthem of retroactively reviewing such claims, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. The policy is currently in place in six states where Anthem is the main Blue Cross Blue Shield plan. Providers have expressed outrage about the policy, arguing that patients will be endangered if they’re required to self-diagnose, and the Medical Association of Georgia is suing Anthem. Click here for the report.
– Strategic Health Care
CMH Weekly Medical Staff Calendar – October 29 – November 2
|8:30 am ED Division – NA (front)|
12:00 pm Board of Trustees - BR
12:00 pm JWM Education Conf – NA
|12:00 pm General CA Conf – BR||
OVCH Weekly Medical Staff Calendar – October 29 – November 2
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
– Lao Tzu
Keep the faith,
Stan Frochtzwajg, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Community Memorial Health System
www.cmhshealth.org/voice – Medical Staff Voice Blog link
Tracey Shoop – Physician Liaison – firstname.lastname@example.org & 490-3860
Megan O’Neill – Business Development Manager – email@example.com & 207-8216