Organized Medical Staff

2019 OMSS Annual Meeting highlights

The AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) held its 2019 Annual Meeting June 6-8 in Chicago with nearly 100 physicians in attendance. These dedicated OMSS representatives have been selected by their medical staff colleagues to represent their staffs at OMSS meetings and to serve as liaisons between their staffs and the AMA throughout the year.

Business items

The OMSS Assembly considered 12 items of business, prompting robust discussion on a range of issues. Three policy issues in particular received great focus and discussion:

  • Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and their impact on physician practice and patient access to care.
  • Restrictive covenants and their impact on a physician’s ability to serve his/her patients and to earn a living post-departure.
  • Limitations on physician access to hospital services based on case and monetary volume metrics. 

The section transmitted six resolutions to the House of Delegates for consideration at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Education programs

The section also hosted three great educational programs, all of which received overflow attendance. These programs included:

  • A practical presentation on preventing ergonomic injuries.
  • An inspiring presentation on how a group of engaged physicians was able to successfully galvanize the public in opposition to a hospital policy that had the effect of shutting out nonhospital employed physicians from caring for their patients at the hospital.
  • An informative presentation from The Joint Commission about its work in patient safety and debunking various myths about Joint Commission accreditation standards.

Learn more about OMSS and how representation in the OMSS can benefit your medical staff.