Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Hospital Practice News
Be a volunteer for OMSS Interim Meeting committees
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) 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.
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.
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:
- 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.