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Traverse City Michigan Chapter

Traverse City, MI

Next Chapter Meeting

Title/topic: "Staffing" Roundtable
Speaker: Led by Gail Eminhizer
Date: 12/20/2017
Time: 07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Location: In addition to the roundtable discussion, we will be having our end of year breakfast. Chapter members and one representative from each of our chapter sponsors are welcome to a free "Thank You" breakfast as a treat from the chapter.

Meet at Minerva's Restaurant in the Park Place Hotel at 7:30 am. Please RSVP to this meeting as we will need to give the restaurant a head count so they can assign adequate staffing. This will be an order off the menu breakfast. Hope to see YOU there!

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Chapter News

11/20/2017 - Communicating Employee Expectations
Michele Lurvey of Traverse Dental Associates presented at our November Chapter Meeting. Her topic was on how to get the best out of our employees by setting clear expectations, checking in with them regularly, and holding them accountable. Rather than hold an annual employee review, provide feedback more often, an action plan and follow through or consequences as necessary. Michele’s list for every team member are: 1) Attendance: Shows up when scheduled, takes off only allotted time, isn’t tardy in the morning or after lunch. 2) Engagement: Strives for continuous improvement, looks for way to help teammates, offer suggestions to improve practice production and/or efficiency. 3) Efficiency: Completes takes efficiently. Keeps socializing to minimum. 4) Attitude: Professional and friendly to patients and team without exception. Greets challenges and changes with optimism and helps create solutions when obstacles are present. In addition to working full time at Traverse Dental Associates, Michele teaches classes at our local college, Northwestern Michigan College.

10/30/2017 - 29th Annual PAHCOM Conference
Another Annual PAHCOM Conference completed! Our chapter had the good fortune of having six attendees this year. It felt so good to have such a presence for Traverse City! The conference was packed with interesting and useful courses. Cindy Conquest, Jamie Schichtel and I all took exams on Monday of conference week. Talk about test anxiety!! We all had our share of fun too. I feel so privileged to be a part of an organization that shares knowledge and promotes networking between other managers. Our job as practice managers is really hard, but we have each other to lend support. If you are thinking of attending the Annual Conference in 2018, I would highly encourage you to do so. Congratulations to Cindy Conquest, our newest certified medical manager! Congratulations to Jamie Schichtel and Laura Alexander for attaining their HITECH certification!

09/22/2017 - HR Law Update from Laura Dinon, Esq.
HR Law Update Laura Dinon, an attorney with Plunkett Cooney in Petoskey, Michigan joined us for this month’s meeting to share HR Law updates. Laura has been seeing a lot of cases that cite the American’s With Disabilities Act, including a person who was not hired for a job and contended it was because she was obese. Obesity is not a classification under the ADA. More and more cases are involving mental health issues, example: An employer fired an employee for erratic and disrespectful behavior a few months after a return from medical leave following similar behavior did no discriminate on basis of disability because the employee did not advise the employer she was bi-polar and needed an accommodation or was otherwise disabled. An employee who could not attend work regularly was not qualified or capable of performing the essential functions of her job with or without reasonable accommodation under ADA. Make sure you put regular attendance in your job descriptions as an essential function of the job! Some pending Federal laws to be aware of: Healthy Families Act: To allow Americans to earn paid sick time so that they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families. Schedules that Work Act: To permit employees to request changes to their work schedules without fear of retaliation and to require employers to consider these requests. Time Off to Vote Act: Would provide employees with 2 hours of paid leave to vote in Federal Elections. Family Leave for Parental Involvement in Education to amend the FMLA: This would allow employees to take additional leave to attend children or grandchildren’s educational and extracurricular activities. Great information from Laura Dinon!

 

Chapter Contact

Gail Eminhizer, CMM, CGCS, HITCM-PP
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TraverseCityMI.pahcom.com

Chapter Officers

President:
Jamie M Schichtel, CMM, HITCM-PP, CMA

Vice-President:
Gail Eminhizer, CMM, CGCS, HITCM-PP

Secretary:
Laura Alexander, CMM, HITCM-PP

Treasurer:
Christine Lee, CMM

Membership Director:
Paulette Hunt, CMM, RMA

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Chapter Officers - Incoming

President:
Jamie M Schichtel, CMM, HITCM-PP, CMA

Vice-President:
Michele Lurvey

Secretary:
Laura Alexander, CMM, HITCM-PP

Treasurer:
Christine Lee, CMM

Membership Director:
Gail Eminhizer, CMM, CGCS, HITCM-PP

Chapter Support Liaison

Kathryn Eiler, CMM, HITCM-PP

Chapter Points

Current points total: 255