January 15th HR Updates Webinar is Next Week

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January Lunch & Learn Webinar: HR Updates

January 15, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Sponsored by Medical Mutual

Program

Dee Brown, HR Advisor for Medical Mutual’s HR|Experts program, can help you with any human resources issue, from wage and hour situations to leadership development. Join us on January 15th as Dee discusses the essential points of operating successful medical practice personnel management. Plenty of time will also be devoted to answering your various HR questions.

Speaker

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Human Resources Advisor
HR|Experts
Dee Brown is the HR Advisor for the Medical Mutual HR|Experts’ program. With significant HR experience, Dee is a dedicated, on-call resource for all Medical Mutual members. HR|Experts is a benefit of membership in Medical Mutual, provided at no additional cost.

Dee has been an HR professional and consultant for more than 30 years, with business experience in both the private and public sectors. She spent the last decade running her own HR consulting firm, Brown Human Resources Consulting. Over the course of her career, Dee has worked with small, mid-size, and large global companies, such as MCI, ReEnergy Holdings, Glaxo, CCME, and BASF.

Dee provides sound advice and guidance through email, phone calls, and live chat. She monitors trends and current events and provides resource guides, compliance e-alerts, quarterly newsletters, and monthly webinars to provide practical advice on HR topics related to the business of running a medical practice. She is based in Raleigh but serves all Medical Mutual members.

Registration

This webinar is complimentary for NCMGMA members and $50 for non-members. Space is limited so make sure to register early! After you register, you will receive an emailed confirmation with webinar and phone-in instructions.

Continuing education credit may be granted through your professional organization (MGMA, PAHCOM, AHIMA, etc.). Please self-submit for these organizations.

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Questions

For questions or more information please contact the NCMGMA offices at info@ncmgm.org.

MGMA Sharply Criticizes Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposal

Originally published in the June 3, 2015 issue of MGMA’s Washington Connection
Reprinted with permission from MGMA

MGMA submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed rule outlining Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive (meaningful use) Program. The Association made a series of recommendations to make the regulation less burdensome for eligible professionals (EPs), including:

  • Delay finalization of Stage 3 until the impact of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is known and the meaningful use provisions of MACRA are developed through regulation.
  • Delay finalization of Stage 3 until there is actionable data from EP participation in Stage 2 of the Program.
  • Eliminate any Stage 3 objective that would require actions on the part of the patient or other third parties in order for the EP to successfully participate in the Program.
  • Replace the full-year proposed reporting period with consecutive 90-day reporting for all years of the Program.

While CMS previously indicated it would seek to release a final rule this summer, the negative reception to the proposed rule by MGMA and other industry groups could lead to a delay of the final rule. For more information on the Stage 3 proposed rule, read MGMA’s member-benefit outline.

President’s Monthly Message

All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point

Dear NCMGMA Members:

I couldn’t agree more with the quote on the left, and that is where NCMGMA finds itself, on “hard work boulevard.” We are carving out a road that is pointing towards success for our organization and we have, now more than ever, the right people working with the right teams to help create that success for NCMGMA.  That is not to forsake those who came before us and who lead us to where we are now; their tremendous achievements afford the current leadership the privilege to render the decisions, with some financial freedom, that many other state MGMAs cannot claim, making NCMGMA extremely fortunate.

Just last month, NCMGMA wrapped up another successful Spring Conference, with over 160 attendees and 125 exhibitors, packing the Marriott Grande Dunes with administrators and healthcare professionals. Many thanks to the Conference Committee and Affiliate Development Committee on their hard work to make our Spring Conference one of the best to date with the focus being all on QUALITY. We tried out new formats, including a productive and effective “Tedx type” presentation which resulted in some great feedback from our attendees, along with a specialty-specific roundtable which I found extremely valuable myself.

Thank you once again to our fantastic Alliance Sponsors and Spring Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors.  NCMGMA could not host our high-level conferences and resources without your support. As President, I highly encourage all members to reach out to those vendors who support NCMGMA on this level when in need of a service for your practice. You can find a list of Alliance Sponsors on the left-hand sidebar of this news resource as well as on our website.  Thank you all!

2015 Administrator of the Year

(L-R): NCMGMA President Jacob Rodman, 2015 Administrator of the Year Sandra Jarrett, NCMGMA Governance Committee Chair Laura Sanborn, and Steve Parker of Medical Mutual

During the Thursday evening Dinner and Awards, NCMGMA awarded the 2015 Administrator of the Year Award, presented by Steve Parker of Medical Mutual to Sandra Jarrett. For those of you who know Sandra or have needed assistance within the past year from NC Tracks or Medicaid, you know this was a well-deserved award. Thank you to Medical Mutual for your support of this prestigious award and your continued support of our members.

Additionally during the conference, NCMGMA announced some BIG CHANGES coming up for 2016 that we are eager to announce, including:

  • NCMGMA’s first-ever Leadership Summit, scheduled for September 16-18, 2015 at the Pinehurst Resort. We hope you will make the decision to join us for this very special Summit which, by design, will be focusing on you, our members. Created by our Conference Committee, this Summit will work to fine tune your leadership skills both professionally and personally. We encourage you to consider identifying those in your practice that you may want to begin challenging to build up their leadership abilities. There will be an additional staff rate available again.
  • 2016 will bring lots of change for our membership as we plan to host additional meetings such as our Roadshows, where we will be bringing great state-level education to our members locally, and also a joint conference with our partners at the NC Medical Society in the Fall. Much more to come on these thrilling initiatives, so be on the lookout for more information coming soon.

Again, I have always believed that having the right people in the right place at the right time can lead to amazing things and NCMGMA is ON the road to success.  We are expecting more with our association as we begin planning for the Fall Leadership Summit and our 2016 initiatives.  We are looking forward to providing additional value to your membership as we progress.

Regards,

Jacob Rodman
2014-2015 NCMGMA President

Board Certification Study Group Series Begins June 10

We have exciting news to share with you! Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated volunteers, we will pilot a national study group webinar series beginning in June. We will host weekly webinar sessions for those interested in board certification and preparing to take the board certification exams.

There will be 8 sessions in the series:

  • June 10: Overview of board certification and Organizational Governance
  • June 16 and 23: Operations Management (runs for 2 weekly sessions)
  • July 7: Human Resource Management
  • July 14: Risk Management and Patient Centered Care
  • July 21 and 28: Financial Management (runs for 2 weekly sessions)
  • Aug. 3: Essay exam overview and critique

The sessions are open to anyone interested in certification or planning to take the certification exams, and there is NO registration fee. Interested individuals can register for the bundle of 8 sessions, or individual sessions. Those who register will also have access to a dedicated Board Certification Study Group Member Community where they can ask questions, post messages and interact with the content experts/presenters during the series of sessions.

To learn more or to register for the sessions, click here. Please feel free to share with your state members, study group participants and anyone interested in certification. These sessions are open to non-members who are interested in certification as well.

NCMGMA/Medical Mutual Name Sandra Jarrett 2015 Administrator of the Year

Sandra Jarrett, Practice Manager for Salisbury Orthopaedic Associates, PA, was named the 2015 NCMGMA/Medical Mutual Administrator of the Year at the North Carolina Medical Group Management Association’s 2015 Spring Conference.  The event was held May 13-15 at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes.

2015 Administrator of the Year

(L-R): NCMGMA President Jacob Rodman, 2015 Administrator of the Year Sandra Jarrett, NCMGMA Governance Committee Chair Laura Sanborn, and Steve Parker of Medical Mutual

The Administrator of the Year award honors a medical practice administrator who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and management proficiency, and who has helped enhance the effectiveness of health care delivery in North Carolina. Sponsored by Medical Mutual Insurance Company, the Administrator of the Year Award also provides the recipient with a stipend for continuing education at a state or national Medical Group Managers Association (MGMA) meeting.

Ms. Jarrett has been the practice manager at Salisbury Orthopaedic Associates since 2013.  Under her direction the practice continues to earn high monthly Press Ganey survey scores.  Recently their goal was to obtain a 95% score on the surveys but actually obtained a 97%, ranking them number one in their division (out of 25+ practices).

Sandra Jarrett is a long-time member of the NCMGMA.  She is the chair of the Medicaid Committee and a regular participant in the NCMGMA’s Legislative Days and the North Carolina Medical Society’s White Coat Wednesday, where delegates from across the state meet with North Carolina law makers to address their industry needs and concerns.

Approximately 250 people were in attendance at the NCMGMA Spring Conference where the theme was “Quality.” This year’s conference featured a sold out exhibit hall and a new format designed to increase interactivity between guests and presenters while offering attendees more hands-on, specialty-specific information.

Congress Repeals SGR!

In a significant victory for physician group practices and MGMA, late Tuesday evening the Senate voted (92-8) to approve the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, H.R. 2. This legislation, which passed the House of Representatives on March 26, permanently repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. President Obama publicly stated that he will sign the bill into law.

Permanent repeal of the SGR has been a top priority of MGMA’s advocacy efforts. We thank our members for their critical grassroots support in getting this legislation passed.

MGMA president and chief executive officer Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, released the following statement:

“This is a historic day–the dark cloud over physician group practices has been lifted. The Senate vote to permanently repeal the SGR returns stability to physicians and Medicare patients alike. MGMA congratulates Congress on this momentous, bipartisan achievement.”

Physician Supervision Under Attack

Contact your State Senator today

Multiple bills filed at the North Carolina General Assembly this session would remove physician supervision requirements for many non-physician practitioners. Among the most aggressive of these proposals is one introduced by Senator Ralph Hise, SB 695, Modernize Nursing Practice Act, which enhances the already broad authority of the North Carolina Board of Nursing. SB 695 proposes to include adding advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) licensure for nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists. In addition, the legislation proposes to expand the APRN scope of practice beyond the current RN scope of practice by authorizing:

  • Conducting an “advanced assessment” (a new defined term in the Act);
  • Delegating and assigning therapeutic measures to assistive personnel;
  • Performing other acts that require education and training consistent with professional standards and commensurate with the APRN’s education, certification, demonstrated competencies and experience.

The bill also specifically permits the following areas of focus for APRN practice:

  • The family or individual across the life span
  • Adult gerontology
  • Neonatal
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s health
  • Psychiatric or mental health

The practical implications of the sweeping changes in SB 695 are not yet understood. It is our belief that if this bill is not modified to impose limits on the proposed changes that the quality and cost benefits of physician supervision are at risk.

Another assault on physician supervision is SB 240, Define Scope of Practice of CRNAs, by Senator Jim Davis. The bill proposes to eliminate the requirement of physician supervision of nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). SB 240 proposes to define the practice of nursing by a CRNA as including the following components:

  • Perform nurse anesthesia activities in collaboration with a physician, dentist, podiatrist or other lawfully qualified health care provider with each provider contributing his or her respective area of expertise consistent with the lawful scope of practice and according to established policies, procedures, practices and channels of communication that lend support to nurse anesthesia activities;
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of the certified registered nurse anesthetist within the practice setting;
  • Maintaining individual accountability of the outcome of individual actions.

These bills are expected to be heard next week in the Senate Health Committee when the legislature returns from its spring recess.

The value of physician supervision and the contributions to patient safety made by physicians are being questioned. It is important that you contact your legislator and tell them the important role of physician supervision in protecting patients in our healthcare system.

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