Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
Hospital Practice News
Make hotel reservations today for AMA-OMSS 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 today.
- 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.)
AMA releases postmortem communication guidelines
A new set of postmortem guidelines from the AMA can help facilitate productive communication after an unexplained or unexpected death.
Produced in response to a resolution sponsored by the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section that was adopted at the 2012 Annual Meeting, the guidelines describe how hospitals and medical examiners can effectively communicate in the wake of an unexplained or unexpected death in the hospital, thereby ensuring that their interests—as well as those of the next of kin—are realized fully.
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:
- "Engaging patients to take charge of their health care through motivational interviewing"
- "Win-win-win approaches to accountable care: How physicians, hospitals, patients and payers can all benefit from changes in the way we pay for and deliver health care"
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:
- Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, Fifth Edition is an outstanding reference manual for drafting or amending medical staff bylaws. In addition to providing bylaws language that supports self-governance, this resource addresses Joint Commission Standard MS.01.01.01, as well as other emerging issues in health care that impact medical staffs.
- Annotated Model Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement addresses the specific needs of physicians who are preparing to negotiate employment contracts with hospitals or related entities.
- Model Co-Management Service Line Agreement assists physicians and their legal counsel in navigating and negotiating these increasingly popular and complex agreements.
AMA members can download these eBooks free of charge; non-members may purchase access to them for $149 each.