Issues like peer review, safety, credentialing, bylaws, your right to independent judgment and the like may not be problematic for you – right now. But if difficult situations arise causing you and your colleagues to look for help, do you know where to find it?
If you have a physician member of the AMA’s Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS), you already have an advocate, voice and resources. Every hospital or physician group of three or more can send a representative.
If you don’t currently have an AMA member from your medical staff involved with the OMSS, you can easily remedy the situation. Representation will ensure you are prepared as health care greets new rules, emerging reimbursement models and changes from health care reform.
ISMA Past President David Welsh, M.D., serves with the OMSS. He advised, “We are working harder to address the specific needs and concerns of employed physicians, dealing with matters pertaining to the Joint Commission and challenges related to bylaws – keeping them applicable to today’s medicine.”
To designate an OMSS representative from your hospital medical staff, complete the certification form on the AMA website and fax to (312) 464-5845 or mail to:
AMA Organized Medical Staff Services
515 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Also the OMSS offers excellent CME. If you can’t make the meeting, you can go online and find the CME – free to AMA members. See the educational offerings here.
Dr. Welsh invites you to contact him with any question you may have about the OMSS. Call his Batesville office at (812) 934-4262.