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Traverse City Michigan Chapter

Traverse City, MI

Next Chapter Meeting

Title/topic: Planning for Physician Retirements
Speaker: Stacey Hettiger, MSMS
Date: 08/21/2019
Time: 07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Location: NMC University Center - Dendrinos Drive off of Cass Road near South Airport Road.


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Chapter News

06/26/2019 - Hiring For Fit
Our June presenter was Michele Lurvey. Michele is our Chapter past Vice-President. Michele is a former practice administrator for Traverse Dental Associates and currently is leading team building workshops, leadership development programs and is a keynote speaker. As Michele so aptly stated, we often are hiring for what is not actually listed on a candidate's resume. Anyone can look good on paper. The challenge is how to ferret out those skills that are not listed on a resume. Qualities such as initiative, humility, empathy and collaboration are not typically a line item listing, but with some skillful questioning an employer can learn that information. With carefully phrased questions, you can oftentimes predict the future by digging into the past. Frequently the candidate we are searching for has 1/3 of the technical skills required for the position and 2/3 interpersonal skills. People can learn the technical skills like a practice management program or how to work a medical device, but having the necessary skills to get along with staff, physicians and patients typically is not a skill most employers are willing to invest in teaching. Michele's website is:

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!


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