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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hospital Practice News

Register now: AMA-OMSS Interim Meeting Nov. 14-16

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 pre-meeting 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, Tellers Committee, Advisors) by sending an email to Kathryn Tinney of the AMA.
  • Submit resolutions (use the resolution template) via email to Keith Voogd of the AMA by Oct. 5.
  • Online registration closes Nov. 4. Onsite registration will open at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14.

Joint Commission's TST updated for easy access

If you're a part of an organization accredited by the Joint Commission, you will be able to self-register for easy access to the Center for Transforming Healthcare's Targeted Solutions Tool™ (TST) this fall.

Previously, staff could use the TST only if they were approved by their health care organization's accreditation security administrator. A new registration process will allow easy access to the TST tools and features, while maintaining the integrity and security of all Joint Commission extranet functions and the Center for Transforming Healthcare's project information.

Highlights of the new TST access process include:

  • Staff at accredited organizations can register and gain access to the TST.
  • New TST users have access to their own, private TST workspace.
  • New users can start their own improvement project and designate a project lead.
  • Project leads can invite others to join their projects.
  • Health care organization accreditation security administrators will be notified weekly of new TST users at their organizations.
  • Health care organization accreditation security administrators retain the ability to add or remove TST access for all users.

The Joint Commission will provide additional information about the TST self-registration process this fall. Questions can be emailed to John T. Cullinan of the Joint Commission.

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.

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 them for $149 each.