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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

Hospital Practice News

Nominations for safety and quality award due Sept. 30

Showcase your important patient safety and quality work by applying for a 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award. The award recognizes major achievements for individuals and organizations in improving patient safety and health care quality.

More information and application forms are available on websites of the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. Applications are due to the National Quality Forum by Sept. 30.

Send an email to the National Quality Forum for more information.

Resolutions for AMA-OMSS Interim Meeting due Oct. 5

Planning to submit a resolution to be considered at the 2013 AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) Interim Meeting? The deadline is Oct. 5.

Resolutions should be drafted using the resolution template and submitted via email to Keith Voogd of the AMA. All resolutions submitted after Oct. 5 will be considered late and require a two-thirds vote of the AMA-OMSS Assembly to be considered.

However, if your state medical staff section adjourns its meeting after the Oct. 5 deadline or fewer than seven days before the deadline, your group is permitted to submit resolutions up to seven days after the close of its meeting.

All resolutions must be submitted no later than 10 days before the AMA-OMSS meeting. Learn more about the AMA-OMSS policymaking process.

The AMA-OMSS 2013 Interim Meeting will be held Nov. 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Visit the AMA-OMSS meeting Web page to download the draft agenda and learn more.

Next AMA-OMSS quarterly conference call Sept. 10

Register today for the next quarterly conference call of the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS), which will take place at 8 p.m. Eastern time Sept. 10. An agenda for the call will be available in early September.

Employed physicians: Look to the AMA for advice

AMA member physicians in contractual relationships with hospitals, health systems or similar entities can receive personal assistance from the AMA. While the AMA cannot provide legal opinions or representation, it is dedicated to answering questions and providing advice on such topics as contracting, credentialing, peer review, due process and medical staff governance.

AMA members may take advantage of this valuable resource in either of two ways:

  • Complete a brief online form, and an AMA expert on relationships between physicians and hospitals or health systems will contact you to discuss your questions or concerns.
  • Contact AMA Member Relations via email or at (800) 262-3211 to arrange a time for this discussion.

This resource is a benefit of AMA membership. If you're not a member, join today.