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Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

Hospital Practice News

Be an AMA representative to the Joint Commission

The AMA is seeking nominations for alternate representatives to the following Joint Commission professional and technical advisory committees (PTAC):

  • Home Care Accreditation Program PTAC, 2014-2015
  • Hospital Accreditation Program PTAC, 2014-2015

Joint Commission PTACs are an integral part of the Joint Commission's advisory structure. Representing the views of a diverse group of professional associations and other interests, PTACs assist the Joint Commission in the development and refinement of accreditation standards and elements of performance.

PTACs also provide observations to the Joint Commission regarding environmental trends, educational needs and other important issues facing the fields in which the Joint Commission offers accreditation services.

Nomination forms must be submitted via email to James DeNuccio of the AMA by Oct. 23. For more information, email James DeNuccio or call him at (312) 464-5597.

Joint Commission releases data on 2013 sentinel events

Learn about this year's sentinel event statistics from newly updated summary data posted to the Joint Commission's website.

For the first six months of 2013, 446 sentinel events were reported. Sentinel event outcomes from 2004 through the first half of 2013 show that a total of 7,440 patients have been affected by these events, with 59.6 percent resulting in the patient's death, 9.3 percent resulting in loss of function 31.1 percent resulting in unexpected additional care and/or psychological impact.

The Joint Commission sentinel event database is designed to increase the general knowledge about sentinel events, their contributing factors and strategies for prevention. The Joint Commission receives sentinel event reports voluntarily from accredited organizations, the complaint process or the media. It is estimated that fewer than 2 percent of all sentinel events are reported and that only about two-thirds of these are voluntarily reported.

The Joint Commission cautions that conclusions should not be drawn about the actual relative frequency of events or trends in events over time because the database does not provide an epidemiologic data set.

For more information, email Gerald Castro of the Joint Commission.

Plan to attend AMA-OMSS Interim Meeting

The 2013 AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) Interim Meeting will be held Nov. 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Following are important deadlines and premeeting actions for participants:

  • Download the draft agenda.
  • Make hotel reservations by Oct. 23.
  • Volunteer to serve on a committee (Reference Committee, Committee on Late Resolutions or Tellers Committee) by sending an email to Kathryn Tinney of the AMA.
  • Online registration closes Nov. 4. Onsite registration will open at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14.
  • Submit late resolutions via email to Keith Voogd of the AMA by Nov. 13. (Be sure to use the resolution template.)

View recent education program webcasts

Learn about motivational interviewing and successful approaches to accountable care 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.

Judges needed for AMA Research Symposium

The 11th annual AMA Research Symposium will be held Nov. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Please consider participating in this national competition by judging the original work of some of the brightest medical students, residents and fellows in the country.

Judging will take place from 5 to 6 p.m., and judges are invited to stay for a reception with the symposium participants from 6 to 7 p.m. To become a judge and mentor the next generation of physicians, sign up online. Physicians are welcome to invite their colleagues to participate as well.

View statement on medical staff-hospital compacts

A new policy adopted at the AMA Annual Meeting recommends that medical staffs should not enter into compacts or similar agreements with their hospitals' governing bodies or administration. Introduced by the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section, the policy encourages organized medical staffs and hospital governing bodies to do the following:

  • Clearly define within the medical staff bylaws the obligations of each party
  • Outline within the medical staff bylaws the processes by which conflicts between the organized medical staff and the hospital governing body are to be resolved
  • Regard the medical staff bylaws as a binding, mutually enforceable agreement between the organized medical staff and the hospital governing body

Download the AMA's full statement on medical staff-hospital compacts to learn more.

AMA members: Valuable resources now free eBooks

Three practical resources for AMA members, previously available in digital "flip book" format, are now available through the AMA Store as free eBook downloads:

AMA members can download these eBooks free of charge; non-members may purchase access to them for $149 each.