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Traverse City Michigan Chapter

Traverse City, MI

Next Chapter Meeting

Title/topic: RoundTable - Monitoring & Managing Google and other Reviews for your practice
Speaker: Led By: Peter Robinson, CMM
Date: 12/18/2019
Time: 07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Location: Round Table Discussion and annual "thank you" breakfast held at Minerva's Restaurant in the Park Place Hotel downtown Traverse City.

Pete will lead us in discussion on monitoring reviews for our practice. Are you concerned about low Google or other grades? What (if anything) should you do about it? Be prepared to share your ideas, suggestions and comments.

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Chapter News

11/21/2019 - Opioid Crisis in Northern Michigan
Traverse City’s October Chapter Meeting consisted revolved around the nationwide Opioid Crisis with particular attention to its effects in northern Michigan. We had two presenters. First was Amber Daniels from Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Amber addressed the progression of the Opioid prescribing laws in the state and what each regulation meant. She also presented some statistical data that has shown a decrease in Opioid prescribing since the inception of these new laws. There is still a long way to go, but progress is definitely being made. Our second presenter was Detective Lieutenant Benjamin Garrison from the Michigan State Police Diversion Investigation Unit (DIU). He explained the role of the unit (identifying and prosecuting licensed healthcare professionals who are engaged in the diversion of controlled substances.) He explained the difference between overprescribing and diverting and gave common signs of potential diversion. Overprescribing is prescribing a greater amount of or on more occasions than necessary for a legitimate medical purpose. Diversion is prescribing controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice AND not for a legitimate medical purpose. If you would like a copy of the list of the common signs of potential diversion, please reach out to Gail Eminhizer at geminhizer@dha-nm.com and she will provide a copy to you. We appreciate the information provided by both Amber and Ben. This was very informative and enlightening.

10/18/2019 - Traverse City PAHCOM Seminar and Vendor Fair
On October 4th we held our annual PAHCOM Seminar and Vendor Fair. It was a beautiful day for a seminar with fantastic speakers! Our very own Chapter Membership Director, Gail Eminhizer, CMM, HITCM-PP opened the program with her talk on “De-stressing: Finding the Fun and the Funny in Our Stressful Careers”. If we, as managers, can’t laugh about some of the things that go on in our practices, we would probably lose our minds! Denny Flint, COO for Millenia Patient Services, shared his talk on “The Death of Fee for Service”. Denny is a dynamic speaker and provides great information. Sarah Fontenot, BSN, JD, CSP spoke to us about “What is Changing in Healthcare and What is not: Sticking to the Basics”, as well as “Moving Beyond the Noise: How to Stay Focused During Turbulent Times”. Sarah has presented at our Seminar and Vendor Fair before and is a favorite of our Traverse City members! Josh Richmond, Director of Membership & Physician Engagement at Michigan State Medical Society returned to provide a legislative update. L. Eric Ranieri of Ranieri, Hanley & Houdke and Laurie Lapp of gOphr People Management provided information and really good examples of “Harassment in the Workplace”. This topic could easily fill a day-long seminar. The speakers, the members, the vendors, the food and the view of Grand Traverse Bay made for a wonderful day!

09/20/2019 - Preparing For a Malpractice Suit
Notice of Intent. Just reading the words can raise one’s anxiety level. Many physicians have experience being served a Notice of Intent, which is the first step the patient has to take in order to pursue a lawsuit against the physician and/or entity. If you do receive an NOI, you need to contact your medical malpractice carrier immediately. It should never be ignored or put off for “later” perusal. Once the Notice of Intent is served, the plaintiff has to wait anywhere from 154 to 182 days before they can file suit. That waiting period provides time to begin an investigation by your insurance carrier and also gives an opportunity to resolve the issue. Your provider should NEVER contact the plaintiff/patient directly once a Notice of Intent is received. Once you contact your malpractice carrier, they will assign a claims specialist who will guide you through their process. Mike Reynolds, Esq., Claims Director & Director of Government Relations for ProAssurance presented on How To Prepare for a Malpractice Suit. While we all hope it never happens to us, the reality is that our physicians are all at risk for a lawsuit. Mike provided really good information and also give the group an opportunity to ask a lot of questions.

 

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Gail Eminhizer, CMM, CGCS, HITCM-PP
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Chapter Officers

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

Vice-President:
Paulette Hunt, CMM, RMA

Secretary:
Laura Alexander, CMM, HITCM-PP

Treasurer:
Peter Robinson, CMM

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

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

Vice-President:
Terry L McPhall, CMM

Secretary:
Laura Alexander, CMM, HITCM-PP

Treasurer:
Peter Robinson, CMM

Membership Director:
Anna Ohler, CMM

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Kathryn Eiler, CMM, HITCM-PP

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