AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hospital Practice News

June 15 program to cover conflict management

Bridging communication gaps between medical staffs and hospitals can prevent unnecessary lawsuits, American Medical News reports in a recent article.

The article looks at a conflict that arose between Memorial Herman Memorial City Medical Center and its medical staff over a set of amended bylaws that the center's administration sought to enact. The medical staff refused to approve the bylaws and recommended its own set of bylaws. After two years of dispute, they were able to stay out of the courts and come to a resolution through conflict intervention.

"It takes medical staff leadership willing to open the potential conflict up to a discussion at the medical staff level and not just with hospital administration," Texas attorney Julian Rivera said.

"Hospital medical staff [relations] are generally three parties: administration, medical staff leaders and medical staff members," he said. "When there's a conflict among any of those three, then good leadership gets the parties into a facilitated conflict resolution process as early as possible and makes that part of the culture of the medical staff and hospital operations."

Physicians can learn about conflict management during a special education program hosted by the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS), in conjunction with the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Chicago Medical Society.

The hourlong session, titled "The Joint Commission's leadership standard on conflict management: Empowering medical staff leaders to advocate to ‘yes,'" will take place at 10:35 a.m. June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Crystal Ballroom B as part of the AMA-OMSS Annual Meeting. The program is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Visit the AMA-OMSS Annual Meeting Web page for additional information about the program.

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.

Register today for 2013 AMA-OMSS annual meeting

Registration now is open for the 2013 AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) annual meeting, which will be held June 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Visit the meeting Web page for details about the event, including hotel information, a draft agenda and information about educational programs that will be offered.

View new education program webcasts on leadership

Learn about physician leadership, ethical leadership and newly integrated medical practices by viewing new webcasts from the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section. These webcasts have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Titles include:

  • "Physician leadership during challenging times"
  • "Leadership and the AMA Code of Medical Ethics"
  • "Lessons learned from newly integrated medical practices: Two case studies"

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.

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.