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Traverse City Michigan Chapter

Traverse City, MI

Next Chapter Meeting

Title/topic: Hiring for Fit
Speaker: Michele Lurvey
Date: 06/19/2019
Time: 07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Location: NMC University Center (Suite 212)- Dendrinos Drive off of Cass Road near South Airport Road.


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Chapter News

05/24/2019 - Communicable Disease Awareness for Outpatient Care Settings: Strategies to Prepare for a Potential Measles Outbreak
The Grand Traverse County Health Department presented at our May meeting. What initial began as a discussion on measles and how to prepare our offices in the event of a measles case, turned into an informational session on all of the services that are available at GT County Health Department. They handle everything from Animal Control to Public Health Emergency Preparedness. They provide immunizations, maternity and child health services, dental services, all communicable diseases, the equivalent of food stamps and even treatment for STD (sexually transmitted disease) all at no or very low cost. Erin Johnson, BSN, RN, Disease & Prevention Program Supervisor and Jacalyn Money-Bruno, MPH, BSN, RN, Disease Control & Prevention Coordinator shared such an array of information, as well as ways to access forms and even more information on various websites. They are available to come to our offices to present to staff and physicians. What an amazing community resource that we have!

04/25/2019 - NPO Initiatives
Marie Jannausch-Hooper, Executive Director of Northern Physicians Organization and Northern Michigan Health Network shared some of the initiatives that NPO/NMHN has been working on on behalf of area physicians. Our Northern Physicians Organization is a clinical integrated network of 530 physician members working collaboratively/collectively to lower costs, improve quality and improve patient experiences. That’s also a lot of bargaining power! NPO assists us with contracting as a group with payers. Our NPO dues include a Michigan State Medical Society membership, provides EMR/IT support, CME for presentations, and legal assistance for practices. We are so very fortunate to have NPO/NMHN working on our behalf. Our annual Traverse City PAHCOM seminar is scheduled for October 4, 2019. Come join us on the shores of beautiful West Grand Traverse Bay for a day of learning and networking!

03/26/2019 - Boosting Employee Morale
Our very own Chapter Membership Director, Gail Eminhizer, CMM, CGCS, HITCM-PP, was the speaker at our March meeting. Gail’s topic was, “Boosting Employee Morale”, which pertains to all offices, big and small. One of the top reasons that people leave their jobs is due to poor management. That being said, you need to consider if you have an office morale issue and if so, what is your role in this issue. Be willing to ask yourself difficult questions, be approachable, be aware of how you convey information and be willing to be open to self-improvement. As Gail aptly stated, when you point the finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at you! One of the focuses of Gail’s discussion was relative to employees feeling unappreciated. “Being told you are appreciated is one of the simplest and most uplifting things you can hear”. Be purposeful in your praise, i.e. great job helping that patient with their paper work, etc. Develop a culture of appreciation by showing gratitude and demonstrating a friendly, open and inviting work place. Engage your staff to come up with creative ideas to celebrate holidays, i.e. pumpkin decorating contest, desk top Christmas tree decorating, dress up in red/white/blue for Fourth of July, etc. It doesn’t have to be every month or Holiday. Not everyone has the time to plan an event, but there always seems to be that one staff person who loves to orchestrate. Give them a budget and turn them loose! Showing appreciation does not have to a grand gesture, it can be a simple thing. Twenty dollars can buy the fixings for a root beer float for everyone! Don’t we all like to hear that we are appreciated?!


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Jamie M Schichtel, CMM, HITCM-PP, CMA

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Gail Eminhizer, CMM, CGCS, HITCM-PP


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