The AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) held its 2019 Interim Meeting Nov. 14-16 in San Diego with over 65 physicians in attendance.

2019 Interim Meeting

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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.  OMSS was pleased to see several medical residents and students in attendance. 

The OMSS assembly considered over 20 items of business, prompting robust discussion on a range of issues:

The section transmitted three resolutions to the House of Delegates for consideration at the 2019 Interim Meeting:

  • To urge the AMA to immediately declare the vaping epidemic a national public health emergency crisis and to advocate for legislative action that would require the vaping industry to follow the same restrictions on direct to consumer advertising as the tobacco industry.
  • To request that the AMA study the impact of health care facility “auto accept” policies (i.e.:  unconditional acceptance of a patient for care) on the public health and on EMTALA compliance.
  • To seek legislation or regulation to require that all credentialed physicians (employed and voluntary) of a hospital or other health care facility be equally included on the entity website and physician search engines.

The section will also weigh in aggressively on two other AMA House of Delegates resolutions:

  • To strongly support any resolution introduced that would direct the AMA to provide free childcare at all AMA Annual and Interim Meetings.
  • To ask the AMA not to recommend patient use of non-FDA approved cannabis or cannabis-related products within health care facilities until such time as federal law and regulation permit the use of cannabis for treatment and physicians receive adequate training on cannabis use, effects and cannabis withdrawal syndrome. 

Attendees were also treated to five cutting-edge educational programs all carrying AMA PRA Category 1 continuing medical education credit:

  • A briefing on the recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision in Warren v. Dinter that could greatly expand a physician’s duty of care even where a formal physician/patient relationship has not been established
  • The peer review process
  • The AMA’s policymaking process
  • Understanding the credentialing, privileging and enrollment processes
  • The critical importance of proactively reading and understanding your employment contract
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