Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
Hospital Practice News
Hospitals, critical assess hospitals see revised rules
The Joint Commision has revised its requirements and elements of performance for hospitals and critical access hospitals to align with revised Conditions of Participation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The Joint Commission revisions took effect Sept. 1.
The CMS Conditions of Participation changes were published in the May 16 Federal Register and took effect July 16. Based on these, the Joint Commission deleted some requirements and developed new and revised elements of performance. In many instances, changes to Joint Commission standards were not necessary as the Conditions of Participation revisions support current Joint Commission standards and the survey process.
For more information, email Laura Smith of the Joint Commission.
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.
Volunteers needed to staff AMA-OMSS committees
The AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) is seeking volunteers to serve on its Interim Assembly Meeting Reference Committee, the Committee on Late Resolutions, and the Tellers Committee. The section also needs physicians to serve as advisors to new AMA-OMSS representatives.
Next AMA-OMSS meeting set for November in Hawaii
Details about this year's AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) Interim Assembly Meeting, including information about travel arrangements, are now available online. The meeting will take place Nov. 8–10 in Honolulu in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.
Resolutions must be emailed to Keith Voogd of the AMA by Sept. 28. Registration for the meeting will be available in the coming weeks. Those interested in serving on a committee or as an advisor at the meeting should email Katie Tinney of the AMA.
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 physicians 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.
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.