A division of Comprehensive Medical Reporting services (CMRS)
MPN Advantage is a subsidiary of Comprehensive Medical Reporting Services (CMRS). CMRS began serving the workers’ compensation medical community in 2004, providing a variety of support services to physicians, attorneys and adjusters. In 2005 when the California Department of Workers’ Compensation implemented the Medical Provider Network (MPN), it became clear that the road to credentialing for providers would be ever-changing.
In 2011, as a natural progression and application of aggregated knowledge and experience, learning the complexities of the MPN system was a logical evolution to better support our clients and the workers’ compensation medical community in California and MPN Advantage was conceived. After months of research the first MPN Directory was published in 2012. Since that time MPN Advantage has gone on to produce the MPN Directory annually, which is researched and revised throughout the year in accordance with the quarterly published DWC approved list of MPN in California. In addition to the MPN Directory, clients that are treating patients with industrially related injuries are offered assistance with application to MPN and HCN nationwide.
With the constantly evolving rules from DWC regarding MPN and HCN, the MPN Advantage expert staff takes great pride in the ability to navigate and keep abreast of these changes. All MPN advantage staff are fortunate to have positive working relationships with MPN managers and credentialing department supervisors and staff with hundreds of networks nationwide to assist in credentialing your practice along the way.
In 2018, MPN Advantage began offering all clients PPO and HMO credentialing assistance. Additionally, MPN Advantage expanded nationwide, offering Health Care Network (HCN) and MPN credentialing services to medical offices throughout the United States. Since that time,
MPN Advantage has gained education in IPA credentialing and has officially added this specialty credentialing to the menu of services provided for client business success. MPN Advantage has expanded educational efforts outside of workers’ compensation, and takes pride in ensuring up-to-date information for clients in current credentialing requirements for all entities including, but not limited to workers’ compensation, PPO, HMO, USDOL, Medicare and IPA networks.
MPN Advantage holds the roadmap to future credentialing success!
Meet Our Team
April Samaniego, Director of Client Services and Senior Credentialing Specialist, has worked in the medical field in San Diego County for over three decades. April arrived in California from Oklahoma as a Military Spouse supporting her husband’s career, but of her own rite served as the Family Ombudsman to his command serving over 500 families at a time. April was the liaison between the command and the families, communicating directly with the Captain, and senior staff while supporting families during times of crisis. Through this experience, April worked tirelessly to assist families with financial and medical issues, dealt with legal issues, and helped new moms and those relocating to or from the area with resources. April acted as a confidante and sounding board for those under her tutelage who were experiencing personal issues. In this capacity she worked closely with the Red Cross, Operation Homefront, Fleet and Family Services, and Navy Relief to name a few ALL while working full time, and raising 3 boys. These experiences excellently transitioned to her work as Director of Workers’ Compensation at a well-respected Orthopaedic Surgery and Pain Management medical group in the heart of San Diego. During her tenure in this position, she worked directly with adjusters and attorneys on claims issues and authorizations and was a top notch med legal historian. She joined Comprehensive Medical Reporting Services (CMRS) in 2006 taking on a variety of workers’ comp supporting roles. In 2012, April supported the creation of MPN Advantage and has shaped it into an esteemed and efficient HMO/PPO, Workers’ Compensation, Medicare/Medi-Cal, Covered CA, and US Department of Labor (USDOL) credentialing point of contact for clients throughout California, and nationwide. Due to her skill and hard work, April has become a vital and dynamic leader in the Workers’ Compensation field. April has completed multiple CEU courses in QME report writing, Recognizing Pain Medicine issues, and Utilization Review practices, and welcomes continuing opportunities for knowledge and growth. April brings her southern charm and her depth and breadth of experience with medical credentialing to support your business. Reach out to April today to see how MPN Advantage can help your practice thrive! Since that time we have gone on to produce the MPN Directory annually, which is researched and revised throughout the year in accordance with the quarterly published DWC approved list of MPNs in California. In addition to the MPN Directory, we began offering clients that are treating patients with industrially related injuries assistance with application to the MPNs.
With the constantly evolving rules surrounding MPNs in California, MPN Advantage staff takes great pride in our ability to navigate and keep abreast of these changes. We are fortunate to have positive working relationships with MPN managers and credentialing department supervisors and staff to assist us along the way.
In 2018, MPN Advantage began offering all clients PPO and HMO credentialing assistance. We also began offering Health Care Network (HCN) credentialing services to our partners in Texas. In 2019, we extended our credentialing knowledge in many areas, including education in IPA credentialing. In 2020, we have officially added IPA credentialing to our services in order to better assist our clients.
This year we are working towards becoming more familiar with, and understanding, the workers’ compensation credentialing requirements of every state across the nation. While we continue to focus our educational efforts on workers’ compensation, our staff works daily to ensure we are up-to-date on the most current credentialing requirements for all entities including, but not limited to workers’ compensation, PPO, HMO, and IPA networks.
Renita Bryant has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years. She brought her wealth of knowledge and talent to MPN Advantage in 2021, and specializes in contracting with PPO, HMO,EPO, and IPA networks, and works flawlessly with consultants. Renita’s goal has always been to provide the best quality of service to her clients and their employees. She strives to build long lasting relationships with her clients so that they have confidence that when an issue or concern arises, she will always go the extra mile in finding the best solution and resolution for their practice. Renita’s number one goal is to strive to make sure our MPN Advantage clients feel they are important and are of value to us.
Jordan DeBoard and Kristen Samaniego
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MPN Advantage, a service of CMRS, was born out of a need that manifested when our clients experienced difficulty navigating the complexities of the workers’ compensation Medical Provider Network (MPN) system.