Organized Medical Staff

AMA Organized Medical Staff Section: 2015 Interim Meeting highlights

The AMA Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) held its 33rd Interim Meeting from November 12 through 14 in Atlanta with more than 100 OMSS representatives and guests in attendance.

As part of its continuing dedication to educating medical staff leaders and other physicians on emerging issues in health care, OMSS hosted six thought-provoking education programs offering a total of five hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit:

  • Legal and ethical issues in telemedicine
  • The future of quality
  • Avera Marshall legal case update: Contractual status of medical staff bylaws
  • Transforming roles in healthcare leadership: How physicians can effectively communicate with non-physician administrative leaders (co-sponsored by the Integrated Physician Practice Section and the Women Physicians Section)
  • Common bylaws mistakes and how to fix them
  • Physician employment: Key considerations (co-sponsored by the Young Physicians Section)

The section also hosted an update on the AMA’s strategic focus area on professional satisfaction and practice sustainability, presented by Michael Tutty, PhD, AMA Group Vice President for Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability, and an update on advocacy efforts in Washington and across the country, presented by Richard Deem, AMA Senior Vice President for Advocacy.

Education program presentations are available for download on the OMSS webpage.

AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, addressed the Section on Friday afternoon, discussing the AMA’s ongoing efforts to improve electronic health records (EHR).

The held robust discussion on issues including the use of temporary medical staff privileges, EHR interoperability and vendor accountability, exclusion of certain patient groups from Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys, and more. The Section transmitted four resolutions to the House of Delegates for consideration at the 2015 Interim Meeting.