AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hospital Practice News

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.

Joint Commission launches blog for and by physicians

A new blog for physicians was introduced last month by the Joint Commission.

The first post, written by Ana McKee, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer at the Joint Commission, introduces the blog, which will focus on patient safety and facilitate a dialogue among physicians.

New entries will be posted to the blog every other Wednesday and will discuss health care issues of interest to doctors as well as other topics that may touch on ethics, the environment and current affairs. In addition to Dr. McKee, regular physician contributors will include: Daniel Castillo, MD; Paul Schyve, MD; Robert Wise, MD; and Ron Wyatt, MD.

Email Carol Wong of the Joint Commission for more information.

Access summary materials from AMA-OMSS meeting

The AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) 2013 Annual Meeting summary materials now are available on the section Web page:

Also, save the date for the AMA-OMSS 2013 Interim Meeting, which will take place Nov. 14-16 in National Harbor, Md., at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Information on the meeting will be available in the coming months on the meeting Web page.

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.

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.

Webinar looks at physician employment principles

A newly archived webinar examines the AMA Principles for Physician Employment and their application to real-world situations in which the interests of employers may differ from those of physicians and their patients.

Jointly produced by the AMA and the American Bar Association, this 90-minute webinar is presented by a physician and a panel of expert health law attorneys. Panelists discuss such topics as conflicts of interest, physician advocacy on behalf of patients, hospital medical staff relations, peer review and performance evaluations, contracting, and payment agreements.

The AMA Principles for Physician Employment are intended to help physicians, those who employ physicians and their respective advisers identify and address some of the unique challenges employment can present to professionalism and the practice of medicine. Adopted in November by the AMA House of Delegates, the principles are grounded in AMA policy and the AMA Code of Medical Ethics.

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. AMA members can view the webinar free of charge, while nonmembers can view it for $45. If you're not an AMA member, join today.

View new education program webcasts on leadership

Learn about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Medicare Hospital Conditions of Participation and Physician Quality Scoring Metrics by viewing new webcasts from the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section. These activities are approved for continuing medical education credit in the form of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

The new webcast titles include:

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.

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 hospital governing body. 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.