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Policy and Advocacy

The AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) is the preeminent national advocate for physician members of the medical staff and other organizations. Click on the links below and to the left to learn more about OMSS advocacy efforts and the policy-making process that guides them.

Federal Oversight of Accrediting Organizations

In April, CMS issued a proposed rule on the oversight of organizations, such as the Joint Commission, that accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. The AMA believes the proposed oversight framework could have serious negative consequences because it lacks the necessary flexibility to meet the demands of an evolving delivery system, including efforts to improve quality and safety. The AMA has submitted comments urging CMS to work closely with accrediting organizations and other key stakeholders to craft a more appropriate oversight framework.

Conditions of Participation for Hospitals

In February, CMS issued a proposed rule to revise the hospital Conditions of Participation. Among other changes, CMS proposed to replace its previously finalized requirement that a member of the medical staff be included on the governing body of a hospital with a lesser requirement that the governing body simply consult with an individual responsible for the medical staff twice a year. The AMA opposes this, favoring instead meaningful medical staff involvement in hospital governance activities.

Submit a resolution for consideration at the 2014 AMA-OMSS Annual Meeting

The resolution submission deadline is April 26.

  • Submit resolutions via email to Keith Voogd.
  • Learn more about the development and submission of resolutions.