Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Hospital Practice News
Clinical safety alarm goal to be implemented next year
A new National Patient Safety Goal approved by the Joint Commission will be implemented in 2014 for hospitals, including critical access facilities.
According to a recent Joint Commission Online article, the new goal will be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, set to begin Jan. 1, hospitals will be required to establish alarm safety as an organizational priority and identify the most important alarms to manage, based on their own internal situations.
The second phase will begin Jan. 1, 2016, and will require hospitals to develop and implement specific components of policies and procedures and educate staff in the organization about alarm system management.
Revised standards to address leadership accountability
Effective Jan. 1, revised Joint Commission standards will address leadership accountability of hospitals' emergency management oversight.
The proposed standards were modified based upon comments received from a field review conducted in late 2012, as well as input from the Joint Commission's Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. The revised standards will be published in the hospital and critical access hospital accreditation manuals in October, and the online edition will be updated in November.
The revised standards require:
- Organizations to identify a leader to oversee emergency management.
- Organizations to consider input from staff at different levels when evaluating exercises and responses to events.
- Senior hospital leadership to review the organization's emergency management planning activities, performance in exercises and responses to actual events to facilitate improved communication of problem areas and implementation of hospital-wide solutions.
Email Lynne Bergero of the Joint Commission for more information.
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 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.
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:
- "Primer on the Medicare hospital conditions of participation: Medical staff leadership in hospital matters"
- "Physician quality scoring metrics, interpretation and implications"
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.