Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Hospital Practice News
CME programs highlight AMA-OMSS meeting
The AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) held its 59th annual assembly meeting June 14–16 in Chicago. The section hosted several continuing medical education programs offering AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ during the meeting, including:
- "Essential physician leadership during challenging times,"presented by a panel including Jay A. Gregory, MD, outgoing chair of the AMA-OMSS Governing Council; John Combes, MD; Grace Terrell, MD; and Chris Van Gorder. Joseph Heyman, MD, moderated. As part of the session, Sharon Douglas, MD, spoke about leadership and the AMA's Code of Medical Ethics.
- "The restructuring of health care reimbursement through value-based purchasing and payment reform," presented by Philip Gaziano, MD, and Apurv Gupta, MD.
- "Conflict resolution for medical staffs," presented by Ila S. Rothschild.
- "Lessons learned from newly integrated medical practices: Two case studies," presented by David Cook; Hector Flores, MD; and Timothy Hill, MD. The Advisory Committee on Group Practice Physicians co-hosted the program.
The AMA-OMSS Assembly considered 21 reports and resolutions on a range of issues, adopting 10 of them. Of particular note, the assembly asked the AMA House of Delegates to adopt a set of principles for physician employment, which address relationships between and among employed physicians, hospitals, integrated delivery systems and hospital medical staffs.
The assembly also elected the 2012-2014 AMA-OMSS Governing Council:
- Arthur D. Snow, Jr., MD, chair
- David J. Welsh, MD, vice chair
- John Spurlock, MD, secretary
- Lee S. Perrin, MD, delegate
- Matthew Gold, MD, alternate delegate
- Nancy Church, MD, member at large
- Gale Hazen, MD, member at large
Guide can help doctors draft bylaws for medical staff
Medical staffs looking to draft or amend bylaws can use the fifth edition of the AMA's "Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws." This valuable reference manual contains bylaws language that supports self-governance, addresses Joint Commission standard MS.01.01.01 and offers guidance on emerging issues in health care that impact the medical staff.
AMA members have free access to the guide. If you're not a member, join today.