AMA Wire

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

Hospital Practice News

Register by Thursday for next AMA-OMSS meeting

Registration is due Thursday for this year's AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) Interim Assembly Meeting, which will take place Nov. 8–10 in Honolulu in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Register (AMA login required) today.

Details about the AMA-OMSS meeting, including the meeting handbook and information about travel arrangements, are available online.

Free online course covers rapid influenza testing

A new, free continuing education course offered by the Joint Commission offers guidance to help clinicians appropriately use rapid influenza diagnostic tests in the diagnosis and treatment of influenza in the ambulatory setting.

Designed for physicians, physician assistants and registered nurses who provide care in ambulatory settings, the course—"Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing in Ambulatory Settings"—contains videos that demonstrate proper techniques for collecting respiratory specimens. The course also reviews information pertinent to performing point-of-care testing in the ambulatory setting.

The course was developed under a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Joint Commission. Visit the Joint Commission website to learn more.

Guide can help physicians 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.

AMA offers expert guidance to employed physicians

Two new resources from the AMA aim to meet the unique needs of physicians who maintain employment or contractual relationships with hospitals, health systems and other entities.

The AMA's Physician Assistance Service answers physicians' questions and provides advice on physician-hospital issues such as employment and contracting, medical staff bylaws, credentialing, peer review, due process and medical staff self-governance. While the AMA cannot provide legal opinions or representation, it can provide assistance to physicians in matters pertaining to their relationships with hospitals, health systems and other similar entities.

The AMA also has updated its physician employment Web page to highlight a wide range of AMA resources for physicians who are employed or considering employment.

Manual helps doctors with employment agreements

With more and more established physicians, as well as those completing training, becoming employees of hospitals, medical groups or affiliate organizations, it's important that they enhance their understanding and negotiating position as they navigate employment contracts and opportunities in these practice settings.

A manual from the AMA, the "Annotated Model Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement," can help. This resource addresses the specific needs of established physicians and those completing training who are preparing to negotiate an employment contract with a hospital or related entity.

AMA members can access the manual for free; nonmembers can purchase it through the AMA Bookstore. If you're not a member, join today.

CME activities are among education program webcasts

Learn about physician leadership, engaging members of the medical staff to improve quality and the future of the medical staff organization by viewing new webcasts from the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section. Physicians can claim continuing medical education (CME) credit for watching the webcasts. Titles include:

  • "Doing the right thing for our patients: leading as a professional" (1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™)
  • "Engaging members of the medical staff to measure and improve quality" (1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)
  • "Future of the medical staff: strategies for re-engineering governance and operations to advance clinical and strategic imperatives" (1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)

AMA members can view these webcasts for free; nonmembers can watch them for $30 per credit hour. If you're not an AMA member, join today.