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Friday, December 7, 2018

Weekly Roundup

Featured content: Differentiating microhospitals from other care facilities

Being at the forefront of a fast-moving trend can be a double-edged sword for microhospital operators, which get to differentiate themselves as care innovators but must pave the way with little formal guidance.

Leadership insight: 2018 trends in medical specialty choice

Choosing a medical specialty to enter is perhaps the most important choice a medical student will make in his or her career as a physician. Many factors ultimately influence this decision, from level of compensation to the desired level of interaction with patients. With 2018 coming to a close, it’s a good time to examine trends among medical specialties for the year.

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Free resource: Algorithms for deciding whether to develop scope-of-practice criteria and for processing privilege requests

Even when your facility has a policy for assessing and adding innovations, there is still a temptation to react to each individual practitioner’s application, rather than to consult the policy. Every request, it seems, comes with its own “special circumstances.” However, such a haphazard approach can spawn problems that could be avoided by following your policy. Figures 1 and 2 can prevent you from making rash decisions.

Quick tip: Avoid privileging pitfalls in ambulatory care

The Association for Ambulatory Health Care’s (AAAHC) quality roadmap points to credentialing, privileging, and peer review as pervasive trouble spots for ambulatory care facilities. With these shortcomings in accreditors’ crosshairs, take extra pains to avoid the following vetting missteps:


CRC Member Exclusive

Innovation and privileging challenges for MSPs

Editor's note: The following is a CRC members only article that Credentialing Resource Center has made available to the public.

In healthcare, change is constant, and credentialing and privileging are no exception. Rapidly expanding technology and increased variation in how practitioners are providing care (e.g., telemedicine, locum tenens, outpatient vs. inpatient) means that MSPs need to be proactive and monitor how these changes will alter the clinical privileges granted to their practitioners.

Department of Justice supports competition in board certification in open letter to Maryland legislature

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice recently released an open letter addressed to Maryland Senator Dan K. Morhaim, MD, board member of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS), concerning its views on Maryland House Bill 857, which was withdrawn after receiving an unfavorable report by health and government operations. The Bill centers on physician specialty board certification, addressing whether an organization granting a physician privileges can require that the physician be board-certified by a specific board in order to qualify for privileges.


CRC Announcements

Calling all MSPs: We want to hear from you!

MSPs, we want to hear from you for our next Medical Staff Briefing article! As as the end of the year nears, we encourage you to reflect on this past year and look eagerly towards the coming one. If you're interested in sharing your 2018 achievements and 2019 aspirations with us and your fellow MSPs, please email kaccorto@hcpro.com for more information. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

Join our peer review workshop!

Join us for a peer review virtual workshop on January 16th and get your current peer review challenges solved! During this 2.5-hour workshop, peer review experts Robert Marder, MD, and Marla Smith, MHSA, will provide attendees with solutions to peer review issues specific to their organization. Attendees will have the opportunity to anonymously share their organization’s peer review challenges by completing a brief questionnaire in advance of the program; Marder and Smith will use this questionnaire to help attendees develop solutions. Attendees will walk away not only with solutions to their own struggles, but also with insight into how other organizations have solved their pressing peer review issues. Marder and Smith will additionally present case studies on organizations who have successfully worked through bias, culture, or logistic issues regarding peer review. To see the agenda, or to register, click here.





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