Organized Medical Staff Section
The Organized Medical Staff Section is the Section of the AMA that is the advocate, voice and resource for physicians who are members of the medical staffs and other organizations.
What's New: Announcements and Other Information
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OMSS Annual Meeting
Registration is now open for the 2013 AMA-OMSS Annual Meeting, June 13-15 in Chicago. Visit the Annual Meeting webpage for complete meeting details, including a draft agenda and information about educational programs to be offered.
Joint Commission Field Review - Primary Care Medical Home
The Joint Commission is seeking comment on proposed revisions to its certification requirements for Primary Care Medical Homes (PCMHs) in the ambulatory care setting. Notably, The Joint Commission proposes to:
- Retain its current requirement that leadership of the PCMH may be assigned to a "primary care clinician" who need not be a physician (MD/DO). (Note: This position is inconsistent with the Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, an AMA-endorsed policy statement which maintains that medical homes should be physician-led.) The Joint Commission's proposed revisions would, however, require PCMHs to provide patients with information regarding the credentials and educational background of individuals serving in the role of primary care clinician.
- Revise the PCMH certification requirements to align with Stage 2 meaningful use criteria (for example, the PCMH must use a computerized order entry system for at least 60% of medication orders).
The Joint Commission is also seeking information about new research, evidence, or data compiled from recent medical home pilots that would suggest the need to revise The Joint Commission's current PCMH model or certification requirements.
Physicians are encouraged to participate individually in the field review by visting The Joint Commission website and completing a brief online survey or submitting comments via an online form (link at the bottom of the page). The comment period ends April 22.
OMSS Representative quarterly conference call
The next OMSS Representative quarterly conference call will be held Tuesday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m. Central time. Register now.
Chief of Staff letter
In December, the AMA-OMSS sent a letter to the chief of staff of each hospital in the United States, highlighting new AMA resources, and providing an update on medical staff news, the 2012 AMA Interim Meeting, and involvement opportunities for medical staff members. Read the letter.
New resource - Annotated Model Co-Management Service Line Agreement
With service line agreements becoming both more popular and more complex, the AMA introduces a new resource to assist physicians and their legal counsel in navigating and negotiating these contracts. AMA members may view the interactive Co-Management Service Line Agreement online for free.