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Resources for Medical Staff Leaders and Members

Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, Sixth Edition (2015)

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The American Medical Association's Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, Sixth Edition, is an outstanding reference manual for drafting or amending medical staff bylaws and for better understanding emerging issues in health care that impact the medical staff.

Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws

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Other Medical Staff Governance Resources

Note: the following resources have been incorporated into the AMA Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, sixth edition, which is available for free to AMA members.

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.

Medical Staff Conflict of Interest Guidelines
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 COI policies, the AMA has developed Organized Medical Staff Conflict of Interest Guidelines.

Statement on Medical Staff-Hospital Compacts
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.

Access the Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, sixth edition, to read the full statement.

Principles for Strengthening the Physician-Hospital Relationship
First adopted in 2007, the AMA's Principles for Strengthening the Physician-Hospital Relationship set forth the framework for how physicians and hospitals should work together to improve the quality and safety of care provided to patients in the hospital.

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.

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.

 

Model Co-Management Service Line Agreement

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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

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