AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hospital Practice News

Leading quality groups strategize to reduce overuse

A paper released earlier this month by two of the nation's top health care quality organizations recommends a series of strategies to cultivate appropriate use of five common medical interventions and treatments.

The recommendations, set forth by the AMA-Convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) and the Joint Commission, aim to improve the quality and safety of patient care and extend finite health care resources. The groups look at five interventions and treatments that often are overused and outline strategies to inspire physician leadership, support a culture of safety and mindfulness, and promote further study and patient education.

"The AMA is committed to improving health outcomes," AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, said in a news release. "This important work will help health care professionals ensure that the right patient gets the right treatment at the right time."

The five interventions and treatments are:

  • Antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections
  • Blood management
  • Tympanostomy tubes for middle ear effusion of brief duration
  • Elective early term delivery that is not medically indicated
  • Elective percutaneous coronary intervention

"As part of our strategic focus on improving health outcomes, one of our goals is to contribute to the appropriate use of finite health care resources," Dr. Hoven said. "This will help us achieve that goal."

Read about the recommendations in last week’s issue of AMA Wire.

Joint Commission Resources offers consulting program

Hospitals and long-term care organizations now can receive assistance evaluating the requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) through a new practice consulting program offered by Joint Commission Resources.

The consulting service, provided by experienced former state and federal surveyors, helps health care organizations comply with the federal conditions of participation for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. CMS regularly surveys organizations to ascertain their compliance with these federal requirements.

Joint Commission Resources is offering this consulting service in response to requests for assistance from organizations that were struggling to comply with the requirements of the Medicare program, including several that had been notified that they were noncompliant and would be receiving an unannounced visit from CMS or state agency surveyors for a follow-up evaluation.

Email Michelle McDonald of Joint Commission Resources 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.

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