Introduction

The Complete Course for Medical Staff Leaders

Credentialing, privileging, peer review, managing issues of behavior and health…and that’s just the beginning! Yet, none of this is taught in medical school or residency. There’s too much at stake to learn on the job.

Using updated program materials along with interactive real-world case studies, new seminar faculty Rachel Remaley and LeeAnne Mitchell will help to develop your leaders’ skills and provide practical take-home tips and resources they can begin to use immediately within their organization.

Dates and Locations

April 13 - 14, 2023
Grand Hyatt Nashville
Nashville, TN

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Topics

Medical Staff Bylaws: Friend or Foe?
Do you think Medical Staff Bylaws are boring?  Hate reading them?  You’re not alone!  But, Medical Staff Bylaws (and other policies) form the foundation for all of a Medical Staff leader’s activities.  In this engaging, example-based session, we will highlight the topics to be covered during this three-day seminar and discuss how the language of your Bylaws can either serve you well or put you through the ringer.

Meet Dr. Elliott Ember! (Initial Applicant Case Study)
Meet Dr. Ember!  This initial applicant is sorely needed, but comes with an unusual history that you need to unpack through your credentialing process.  When is an application complete?  When and how should credentialers ask for more information?  Who decides – and how – whether an application gets processed?  The vast majority of applicants raise no issues, but when a unique application comes along, leaders need a discerning eye and the right tools to get to the bottom of things.

Tips for Effective Credentialing

  • Establishing detailed threshold criteria
  • Appropriately considering waivers
  • Spotting red flags
  • Giving and getting references
  • Managing incomplete applications
  • Addressing misrepresentations administratively
  • Aligning recruitment and credentialing

Privileging Disasters:  What Could Go Wrong?

Managing Privileging Challenges

  • Delineating Privileges: Core privileges, special privileges, and how to decide who is granted (and can relinquish) what
  • Low and no volume
  • Privileges for new treatments and procedure
  • Privileges that cross specialty and disciplinary lines
  • Privileges for Advanced Practice Professionals (APPs) 

Remember Dr. Ember?  He’s Back, On Staff, and on Your Agenda (Peer Review of Clinical Concerns Case Study)
After suffering a few setbacks during the credentialing process, Dr. Ember joined our Medical Staff.  While his initial appointment term went relatively smoothly, recently concerns about his clinical performance have come to the leadership’s attention.  With his checkered background – and now spotty performance – is there room for a second chance?  How can we get there from here?  And what would the second chance look like?

Tips for Navigating the Progressive Steps of Peer Review

  • When and how to notify a practitioner that clinical concerns have been raised through the peer review process
  • Deciding if precautionary suspension is appropriate – and acting on that decision
  • Obtaining practitioner input
  • Planning a collegial meeting to discuss clinical concerns
  • Formulating a performance improvement plan for a colleague with clinical performance issues
  • Addressing conflicts of interest in credentialing and peer review matters

Getting Disruptive Behavior Under Control Before it Ruins Your Culture and Jeopardizes patient Care – Meet Dr. Dos-Ruptive!
Dr. Dos-Ruptive is a man with many faces.  He can be violent and angry, defiant, and demanding.  He can be charismatic and manipulative.  Passive-aggressive.  Argumentative.  Even all of the above.  While there are many shades of unprofessional conduct, all share a common characteristic – they disrupt the care environment and undermine employee morale and patient safety.  Using real-life examples of unprofessional conduct, this session will illuminate what unprofessional conduct looks like – and emphasize the value of a Medical Staff Professionalism Policy to guide management of these most difficult issues.

Tips for Navigating the Progressive Steps of Peer Review when unprofessional Conduct is at issue

  • Choosing the best man for the job (The wellness committee? The Professional Practice Evaluation Committee?  A Leadership Council? The MEC?  The Board?)
  • Heading off retaliation against those who report conduct
  • When to consider a psychiatric evaluation
  • When the physician perceives herself as the lone champion of quality
  • Managing avoidance tactics (e.g. refusal to attend a meeting) swiftly, administratively, and without breaking a sweat
  • Stay on track! How to avoid distractions, deflections, and threats raised by the practitioner
  • Drafting – and monitoring – performance improvement plans for a colleague with conduct issues
  • Unique concerns when unprofessional conduct involves sexual harassment

Planning a collegial meeting to discuss a behavioral concern – a variation on a familiar theme! Meet Dr. Rattler!
Dr. Rita Rattler is a perfectionist. And she’s got her Mensa certificate to prove it.  Unlike some other Medical Staff members who she perceives as sleepwalking through their careers with quiet complacency, Dr. Rattler thinks of each day as an opportunity to pursue excellence and strive for constant improvement.  So, she has high expectations– for herself and for the rest of the healthcare team.  The trouble is, her zeal may have gotten out of control.  Hospital personnel are complaining.  Dr. Rattler’s behaviors are escalating.  Can a crisis be averted through early intervention?  Is there a way to discuss behavior issues with a practitioner without burning the bridge?  How can leaders prepare for such a meeting?

Navigating Practitioner Health Issues During Credentialing and Peer Review Activities

  • What – and when – to ask about health issues during the credentialing process
  • Types of impairment that should be on your radar
  • The warning signs of addiction
  • Requesting that a practitioner undergo a health evaluation – a few preparatory steps can improve your chances of getting helpful information
  • Drafting – and monitoring – performance improvement plans for a colleague with a health impairment
  • Managing leaves of absence and reinstatement

Bulletproof Investigations & Manageable (or At Least Survivable) Hearings
When collegial intervention fails (or is not an option), Medical Staff leaders have no choice but to resort to less routine peer review activities, like the “investigation” process.  And sometimes that leads to “corrective action.”  While those more formal parts of peer review activity are less common than collegial steps, they have high stakes and it’s important that they be performed with precision.  During this session, we will provide best practice tips for getting through the end game while managing risk and providing each practitioner with due process.

Maximizing Legal Protections for Medical Staff Leaders, Under the Law AND in Organizational Documents

Takeaway Tips And Hot Topics – Medical Staff Bylaws Edition
During this segment, we will discuss “hot topics” (including 2022-23 update!) and summarize the best practice recommendations for Medical Staff Bylaws and other Medical Staff policies that were covered throughout the course.  Take home a checklist of “best practices” for Bylaws that can be used to evaluate your current documents – or make improvements – right away.

Let’s Get Quizzical!
Get ready to be quizzed on a smorgasbord of topics that implicate legal knowledge.  Find out how prepared you are to navigate the most complex and confusing realms of Medical Staff leadership:

  • The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) – What’s Reportable? What’s Not?
  • Managing Conflicts of Interest in Credentialing and Peer Review
  • EMTALA and On-Call Obligations

Who Should Attend?

Bring a team comprised of the following:

  • Medical Staff Officers
  • Department Chiefs
  • Credentials Committee Members
  • MEC Members
  • Bylaws Committee Members
  • VPMAs, CMOs, and Medical Directors
  • Medical Staff Services Professionals
  • Quality/Performance Improvement Directors
  • Hospital Management
  • Hospital Counsel

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program as advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service.

Certification

Educational Intent

This program is designed for physicians who serve in Medical staff leadership positions in hospitals.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • identify common credentialing issues and develop best practices relating to initial appointment, reappointment, and clinical privileges;
  • identify and manage the variety of peer review issues that confront them in their roles as physician leaders; and
  • define the legal responsibilities of Medical Staff leaders and the legal protections available to them.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Pittsburgh and HortySpringer Seminars. The University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity is approved for the following credit:  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Category 1 CME Credit

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NAMSS Accreditation

This course has been approved for National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) for up to 11 hours of continuing education credit(s). Accreditation of this educational content in no way implies endorsement or sponsorship by NAMSS.

Presenter Disclosure Statement

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials distributed at the time of the conference.

Seminar Disclaimer

HortySpringer Seminar Disclaimer Statement:

The information presented at these seminars and the supplementary materials provided to registrants are intended for educational and informational purposes only. Nothing contained therein is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice for specific cases or circumstances. No one should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information presented at these seminars without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer practicing as permitted by applicable laws, regulations or rules of professional conduct. No attorney-client relationship is formed by registration for any seminar or the use of the seminar materials.

Registration

$1,695 Individual

or

$5,580 for a team of four
(Your team must attend the same seminar location to receive the team rate. Split locations cannot receive this rate.)

$1,270 for each additional registrant (After a team of four registration)

We offer our programs with a team fee because we find that it usually requires at least three or four Board members or physician leaders to implement changes or to move forward on any particular matter.

Included With Registration Fee

  • Online Access to slide text, forms, letters, procedures, suggestions for policy elements and more.

Hotel Reservations

All registrants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Special group room rates have been established for HortySpringer registrants. The special group rate rooms are available until 30 days from the seminar date, or until the room block sells out, whichever comes first.  Within 30 days of the program, you may not be able to get rooms or receive the special rate.

Refund Policy

If registration is canceled (and notice of the cancellation is received at least 30 days before the seminar), the registration fee will be refunded, minus a $100 processing fee.

If cancellation is received less than 30 days before the seminar, the registration fee is nonrefundable, but can be applied to another seminar and location within one year.

With notice, you may substitute registrants at any time.

There will be no credit granted for no-shows at the time of the seminar.