AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hospital Practice News

Joint Commission clarifies "patient flow standard"

The Joint Commission has issued clarification regarding the recommended timeframe for boarding included in a recently revised leadership standard known as the "patient flow standard."

According to the May 15 article, The Joint Commission "recognizes that specific boarding timeframes will vary from one organization to the next." The article explains that the four-hour time timeframe specified in leadership standard LD.04.03.11, which was updated in September, "serves as a guideline to help the hospital set a reasonable goal for its institution."

Email questions to Lynne Bergero of The Joint Commission.

Online testimony on reports, resolutions due June 2

All representatives to the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) and other interested AMA members can participate in the OMSS Virtual Reference Committee through June 2.

Online testimony, which members may submit whether or not they will attend the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in person, will be used by the AMA-OMSS Reference Committee to draft a preliminary reference committee report. This report will be distributed before the meeting and will serve as the starting point for discussion at the live reference committee hearing during the meeting.

Visit the meeting Web page for details about the event, including hotel information, a draft agenda, the AMA-OMSS Annual Meeting handbook and information about educational programs that will be offered. Online registration for the meeting closes June 3.

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.

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.