AMA Wire

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

Hospital Practice News

Chiefs of staff learn about AMA resources, opportunities

The chief of staff at each hospital in the United States recently received a letter from the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section.

The letter encouraged them and the members of the medical staff at their hospitals to take advantage of new AMA resources, including the AMA's physician assistance service, Principles for Physician Employment and the Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws.

The letter also listed opportunities for members of the medical staff to become involved in AMA educational events and policymaking activities.

AMA members: Fill key med ed volunteer positions

The AMA Council on Medical Education nominates representatives to key medical education organizations, Residency Review Committees of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Fill out our online form now for the following vacancies; applications must be received by Feb. 15.

Please email Evelyn Sherrill of the AMA with any questions.

The AMA also is soliciting nominations to fill vacancies on AMA councils for the 2013 year, including the Council on Medical Education. Learn more about the nominations process and how to apply.

The AMA is committed to promoting diversity in every facet of organized medicine and encourages recommendation of qualified women physicians, minority physicians and international medical graduates for AMA positions on councils.

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.

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.

Principles established to help physician employees

A new set of principles from the AMA aims to help physicians, those who employ physicians and their respective advisers identify and address some of the unique challenges employment presents to professionalism and the practice of medicine.

The AMA House of Delegates adopted the principles in November during its Interim Meeting.

"The principles for physician employment provide a broad framework to help guide physicians and their employers as they collaborate to provide safe, high-quality and cost-effective patient care," AMA Board of Trustees member Joseph P. Annis, MD, said. "The guidelines reinforce that patients' welfare must take priority in any situation where the interests of physicians and employers conflict."

The AMA also offers a variety of resources to meet the needs of employed physicians, a growing segment of the profession.

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 later this month.

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.

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. AMA members may view the interactive Co-Management Service Line Agreement for free. If you're not an AMA member, join today.