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Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

Hospital Practice News

View statement on medical staff-hospital compacts

A new AMA policy adopted at its Annual Meeting in June 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 these eBooks for $149 each.

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.