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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

Hospital Practice News

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.

Joint Commission to revise imaging requirements

Physicians can provide comments to the Joint Commission on its proposed revisions to the diagnostic imaging services requirements for hospital, critical access hospital and ambulatory care accreditation programs.

The revisions, which focus on CT, MRI, NM and PET diagnostic services, are intended to address what the Joint Commission characterizes as "significant quality- and safety-related issues" associated with diagnostic imaging.

Visit the Joint Commission website to review the standards and comment. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 25.

Resolutions for AMA-OMSS Interim Meeting due Oct. 5

Planning to submit a resolution to be considered at the 2013 AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) Interim Meeting? The deadline is Oct. 5.

Resolutions should be drafted using the resolution template and submitted via email to Keith Voogd of the AMA. All resolutions submitted after Oct. 5 will be considered late and require a two-thirds vote of the AMA-OMSS Assembly to be considered.

However, if your state medical staff section adjourns its meeting after the Oct. 5 deadline or fewer than seven days before the deadline, your group is permitted to submit resolutions up to seven days after the close of its meeting.

All resolutions must be submitted no later than 10 days before the AMA-OMSS meeting. Learn more about the AMA-OMSS policymaking process.

The AMA-OMSS 2013 Interim Meeting will be held Nov. 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Visit the AMA-OMSS meeting Web page to download the draft agenda and learn more.

Webinar looks at physician employment principles

A recently 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.