JW Moore- Tuesday, Noon, CME Conference – “Why We Matter and Where Do We Go From Here?”
Diane Birnbaumer, MD, Senior faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA, will present a lecture on “Why We Matter and Where Do We Go From Here?” At the end of the conference, the learner should be able to: 1) Discuss the issues facing medical practitioners in 2022, 2) Explain the Ikigai approach to determining a path forward, 3) Discuss the pyramid of needs and how to prioritize the basics.
The conference will be held on November 8th, 2022 via ZOOM, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. This activity qualifies for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ & AOA Category 1-A credit.
If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact CME Coordinator Erin Parker at email@example.com or 805-948-5638, and an invitation with a link to the meeting will be emailed to you.
CMHS Quarterly General Medical Staff Meeting
National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week on November 6 – 12, 2022
Join our staff in observing National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week on November 6 – 12, 2022.
In 1992, President George Bush issued a proclamation designating the first week of November as “National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week,” to acknowledge and thank medical services professionals (MSPs) for playing “an important role in our nation’s healthcare system.”
What Exactly Do MSPs Do?
MSPs are an essential part of any healthcare organization. MSPs are primarily accountable for the administrative and medical-legal structure of the medical staff organization. What role do these professionals play?
· MSP’s are the people behind the scenes who make certain the credentials of all practitioners who are caring for patients are correct and have been verified.
· MSPs are experts in provider credentialing and privileging medical staff organization, accreditation and regulatory compliance, and provider relations in the diverse healthcare industry.
· MSP’s credential and monitor the ongoing competence of the physicians and other practitioners who provide patient care services in hospitals, managed care organizations, and other healthcare settings.
· MSP’s establish systems to facilitate meetings and communication between physicians, both within and outside their specialties, as well as with a hospital’s administration
· MSP’s assist in developing, establishing, and enforcing medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and policies that govern the activities of the medical staff.
The American Medical Association-Organized Medical Staff Section also recognizes the medical services profession in a resolution that formally acknowledges “the importance and value of medical services professionals to the healthcare organization and its physician members, and recognizes their contribution and dedication in preserving quality patient care.”
Please recognize Community Memorial Health System’s dedicated MSP’s:
· Erin Davis, CPCS, Credentials Coordinator
· Martina Longobardi, Medical Staff Coordinator
· Angelica Ramirez, CPCS, Medical Staff Coordinator
· Kannie Valdovinos, Credentials Coordinator
· Carol Welle, Medical Staff Coordinator
· Vicki van der Toorn, CPHQ, CPMSM, CPCS, Director, Medical Staff Services
For more information about MSPs and the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS), visit www.namss.org.
CMH Facility Entrance Update
Effective November 1, the Mountain Tower west entrance located on the first floor near the laboratory is officially CLOSED. Patients and visitors should park in the Ocean Tower parking structure and access all services in the Mountain Tower through the main hospital entrance. Staff who need to access the Mountain Tower are encouraged to use the bridge from the second floor of the Mountain Tower parking structure.
As a reminder, our outpatient lab draw stations and pre-op X-ray services are now located in the Ocean Tower for enhanced patient convenience.
The Brent Street entrance to the Mountain Tower is not scheduled to reopen at this time.
For questions or concerns regarding facility entrances, please contact Robert Hacker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Transcription Number Correction
It has been brought to our attention that the transcription vendor new phone number was incorrectly conveyed in the original fax. Please see the below transition process.
When utilizing the current (old) dictation number 866-257-1738 on the dates below, you will hear a recorded message.
Effective 10/26 at 6 am PDT/9 am EDT Message will state: “Please note, this number will be retired Wednesday, November 2nd. The new number is, 866-546-4037 or you can dial the internal extension, 5682. Enter your user id number followed by the pound sign.”
Effective 10/31 6 am PDT/9 am EDT Message will state: “Please call 866-546-4037 to dictate. That number again is 866-546-4037. Thank you.” (it will reject all attempts to enter, loop back, and repeat the greeting.)
Effective 11/02 at 6 am PDT/9 am EDT Message will state: “This is no longer a valid dictation line. Please see your medical records department for further instructions.” (it will reject all attempts to enter, loop back, and repeat the greeting.)
Please feel free to contact the Health Information Management department should you have any questions or concerns. (Tanya) Titinia Rogers, email@example.com (805) 652-4036.
OVCH Physician Retirement Event
OVCH will be honoring four local retiring physicians on November 30th, 2022. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ray Sims, Dr. Fred Fauvre, Dr. Ken Hartenstein and Dr. Doug Nelson on their retirement, and extend heartfelt thanks to each for their dedication and compassionate care for the patients of the Ojai Valley. The event will take place on the OVCH campus front patio area, with light refreshments from 1200-100pm.
Please rsvp to Tracey Shoop at 805-948-5029 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CMS releases final payment rules for 2023
CMS has published its annual payment updates for physicians, the Medicare shared savings program, and outpatient and home health services for 2023.
Physician Fee Schedule rule
1. The conversion factor used to calculate physician reimbursement will decline by $1.55 to $33.06 in 2023, representing a 4.48 percent decrease. CMS said the conversion factor accounts for the expiration of the 3 percent increase in physician fee schedule payments for 2022 — as required by the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers From Sequester Cuts Act — and the budget neutrality adjustment for changes in relative value units.
2. The agency finalized several policies related to telehealth, including extending numerous temporarily available telehealth services during the public health emergency through at least 2023. CMS said this will provide more time to collect data that could support their inclusion as permanent additions to its telehealth services list.
3. In response to the increasing demand for behavioral health services, CMS said it will allow these services to be provided under the supervision of a physician or nonphysician practitioner — rather than under direct supervision — when such services are provided by “auxiliary personnel,” such as licensed professional counselors or family and marriage therapists.
4. In an update to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, providers new to the initiative that are not renewing or reentering as an ACO and qualify as low revenue can receive a one-time payment of $250,000 and quarterly payments for the first two years of a five-year period. The advance payments would be recouped once an ACO begins generating shared savings in their current and next agreement periods. CMS said it will not move to recoup money from ACOs that do not generate savings, but those ACOs must remain in the program for the full five years.
CMHS Weekly Medical Staff Calendar – November 7 – 11
|12:00 pm JWM Education Conf – Zoom|
5:00 pm Medicine Cmte – BR & Teams
|12:00 pm General CA Conf – BR|
12:30 pm Family Medicine Cmte –Teams
|12:00 pm Patient Safety & Quality Committee –Teams|
5:30 pm Surgery Department - Teams
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
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–email@example.com & (805) 490-3860
Megan O’Neill – Business Development Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org & (805) 207-8216
Scott Goodfriend, M.D. – Physician Advisor – email@example.com & (805) 701-3514
Vicki van der Toorn, Director Medical Staff Office – (805) 948-5662