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Resources for Medical Staffs and their Members

Featured Resource - AMA Physician Assistance Service

As a benefit of membership, the AMA is pleased to provide assistance to individual physicians in matters pertaining to their relationships with hospitals, health systems, and other entities. While the AMA cannot provide legal opinions or representation, we are dedicated to answering physician questions and providing advice on physician-hospital issues such as medical staff bylaws, credentialing, peer review, due process, medical staff self governance, employment and contracting, and more.

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Educational Webcasts - CME Credit Available!

The AMA-OMSS offers a variety of webcasts, many with CME credit available, on a variety of topics, including the organized medical staff, physician leadership, health care delivery systems and reform, professionalism, quality and patient safety, practice management and physician employment. AMA members may access these webcasts for free.

 

Statement on Medical Staff-Hospital Compacts - New

At the 2013 Annual Meeting, the AMA adopted policy, introduced by the Organized Medical Staff Section, recommending that medical staffs not enter into compacts or similar agreements with their hospitals’ governing bodies or administrations. Instead, the AMA encourages organized medical staffs and hospital governing bodies to:

  1. Clearly define within the medical staff bylaws the obligations of each party;
  2. Outline within the medical staff bylaws the processes by which conflicts between the organized medical staff and the hospital governing body are to be resolved; and
  3. Regard the medical staff bylaws as a binding, mutually enforceable agreement between the organized medical staff and the hospital governing body.

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Postmortem Communication Guidelines - New

Produced in response to an OMSS-sponsored resolution adopted at the 2012 Annual Meeting, the AMA's Guidelines for Communication between Hospitals, Medical Examiners, and Next of Kin following Unexplained or Unexpected Deaths in the Hospital describe how hospitals and medical examiners can effectively communicate in the wake of an unexplained or unexpected death in the hospital, thereby ensuring that their interests, as well as those of the next of kin, are fully realized.

Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, Fifth Edition

New release, fully updated! The Physician’s Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, fifth edition, is an outstanding reference manual for drafting or amending medical staff bylaws. In addition to providing bylaws language that supports self-governance, this resource addresses Joint Commission Standard MS.01.01.01, as well as other emerging issues in health care that impact the medical staff.

Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws

View the table of contents, find more product details, learn about e-book features and access, and purchase the current edition through the AMA Store. AMA members may download this e-book for free.

Model Medical Staff Code of Conduct

To assist medical staffs with implementation of a code of conduct in accordance with Joint Commission accreditation standards, and consistent with AMA policy, the AMA has developed a model medical staff code of conduct for insertion into medical staff bylaws.

Model Conflict Management Process

The Joint Commission hospital accreditation standards require the adoption of a conflict management process to resolve conflicts between the medical staff and the hospital administration/governing body. To assist medical staffs in fulfilling this requirement, the AMA has developed a Model Conflict Management Process, which provides language for incorporation into organized medical staff bylaws.

Conflict of Interest Guidelines for the Organized Medical Staff

Conflicts of interests (COIs) among the members of a hospital’s* organized medical staff are not completely avoidable. The presence of a conflict of interest is often indicative of the broad experience, accomplishments and diversity of institutional decision-makers. It follows that the goal of any conflict of interest policy should be to identify potential COIs and manage those COIs which are actual and material.

The AMA believes that a COI policy should be prepared with the objective of improving the internal decision-making processes of the OMS. The same COI policy should apply equally to all falling under the policy. To help medical staffs in developing cogent CIO policies, the AMA has developed Organized Medical Staff Conflict of Interest Guidelines.

Principles for Strengthening the Physician-Hospital Relationship
Principles for a Sustainable and Successful Hospitalist Program

The AMA worked with the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), the American Hospital Association and The Joint Commission to develop model guidelines on sustainable hospitalist programs. The result of this effort is a set of 15 principles, grouped into four categories: Vision, Organization/Structure, Relationships/Communications, and Operations/Management.

The group developed these principles in recognition that "all healthcare is local." Every hospital has evolved within the dynamics of its local community. There are unique issues pertaining to the medical staff, other professional staff, hospital leadership, employers, insurers, and government. Each hospitalist program has its own identity, which is a function of how and why it was started and its "history" to date. These 15 "Principles for Developing a Sustainable and Successful Hospitalist Program" have been designed with the intent of being applicable to all hospitalist programs. Therefore, their application and implementation may vary significantly depending on the local situation and environment.

Model Informed Consent Form
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.

Annotated Model Co-Management Service Line Agreement

View the table of contents, find more product details, learn about e-book features and access, and purchase the current edition through the AMA Store. AMA members may download this e-book for free.



Allied Health Professionals and the Medical Staff

View the results of a survey, conducted by the AMA and National Association of Medical Staff Services, exploring how hospital medical staffs integrate and monitor the activities of allied health professionals with regard to patient care, safety, quality and ethical issues.

Model Physician Employment Agreements

Annotated Model Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement
This valuable resource addresses the specific needs of physicians who are preparing to negotiate employment contracts with hospitals or related entities.

Annotated Model Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement

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Annotated Model Physician-Group Practice Employment Agreement
This valuable, members-only resource addresses the specific needs of physicians who are preparing to negotiate employment contracts with group practices and other similar entities.



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