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Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

Hospital Practice News

Apply for Quest for Quality Prize® from AHA, McKesson

The American Hospital Association (AHA)-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® is presented annually to honor hospitals pursuing excellence through leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. All U.S. hospitals are eligible to compete. Applications must be submitted via email by midnight Central time Oct. 13.

Visit the AHA website to learn more and download an application.

CMS issues final rule on hospital observation policy

New Medicare requirements will take effect, over opposition from physicians and hospitals, that are intended to curtail the practice of long stays in observation, according to a recent article in American Medical News.

The rules will presume that Medicare patients who spend at least two midnights at the hospital are inpatients. Groups representing physicians and hospitals said the approach added a new arbitrary element to the process and might give Medicare auditors more power to review short inpatient stays, American Medical News reports.

Patient advocates also have voiced displeasure with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for not addressing directly the growing trend of beneficiaries spending days—and sometimes weeks—in observation and then having to pay large hospital and follow-up care bills, American Medical News reports. The AMA had opposed the new two-midnight stay and the new inpatient admission policies.

Read more in American Medical News.

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.

Access AMA's Model Co-Management Service Line Agreement

As service line agreements become both more popular and more complex, the AMA offers a resource to assist physicians and their legal counsel in navigating and negotiating these contracts.

AMA members may download the eBook free of charge; non-members may purchase access for $149. If you're not an AMA member, join today.