Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
Hospital Practice News
Apply for leadership slots on AMA councils, committees
The AMA is looking to fill open positions on various councils and committees for 2013. Nominations are due by March 15. Visit the AMA's Council and Committee Nominations Web page to view available positions as well as instructions on the nominations process.
The AMA is committed to promoting diversity in every facet of organized medicine and encourages the nomination of qualified women physicians, minority physicians and international medical graduates for AMA positions on councils.
New model agreement helps with service line contracts
With service line agreements becoming both more popular and more complex, the AMA offers a new resource to assist physicians and their legal counsel in navigating and negotiating these contracts.
Next AMA-OMSS quarterly call set for March 5
Register today for the next AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) representative quarterly call, which will take place at 8 p.m. Eastern time March 5. An agenda for the call will be available in the coming weeks. The topics to be discussed on the call will include:
- An update on the next AMA-OMSS Annual Assembly Meeting, which will take place June 13–15 in Chicago.
- A webinar detailing the AMA Principles for Physician Employment, sponsored by the AMA and the American Bar Association.
- An update on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Medicare Conditions of Participation.
Joint Commission releases new accountability measures
New accountability measures released recently by the Joint Commission include four new measures and two measures that were removed from the pneumonia care set to create a new immunization measure set. The new immunization measure set covers pneumococcal immunization and influenza vaccination.
Three of the new measures establish a new set covering perinatal care. The other new measure is an addition to the hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services set.
Model conflict management process now available
Joint Commission accreditation standards require the development of a conflict management process to settle disputes between the organized medical staff and the governing body. With that, the AMA offers a model conflict management process that provides guidance for the development of such a process, as well as a process for resolving disputes between the medical executive committee and other members of the medical staff.
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.
New webcasts will be available soon.
Use model code of conduct in medical staff bylaws
The AMA has revised its model code of conduct to reflect recent changes to standards issued by the Joint Commission. This model code of conduct, developed for insertion in medical staff bylaws, aims to assist medical staffs with implementation of a code of conduct in accordance with AMA policy and consistent with the Joint Commission Leadership Standard.
Employed physicians: Look to the AMA for advice
AMA member physicians in contractual relationships with hospitals, health systems and other 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 physician-hospital/health system relations will contact you to discuss your questions or concerns.
- Contact AMA Member Relations via email or at (800) 262-3211 to arrange a time to discuss your questions or concerns with an AMA expert on physician-hospital/health system relations.
This offer is a benefit of AMA membership. If you're not a member, join today.