The American Medical Association's Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, Sixth Edition, is an outstanding reference manual for drafting or amending medical staff bylaws and for better understanding emerging issues in health care that impact the medical staff.
The AMA has developed the Physician’s Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws as a reference manual for medical staffs in drafting or amending bylaws and as a resource on emerging issues in health care that impact the medical staff. The Guide provides sample bylaw language that supports self-governance, and it presents information—including links and citations to laws and regulations, accreditation standards, case law, and relevant AMA policy—that can be used to develop bylaws or to update provisions to reflect changes in health care delivery. The Guide enumerates all the important elements that should be contained in any medical staff bylaws and includes many examples of bylaws language drafted to meet relevant accreditation standards and regulatory requirements.
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The sixth edition has been updated to address emerging issues and recent trends in medical governance, including:
- Medical staff unification/disunification
- Drug testing (with and without random testing)
- Board certification and recertification as a membership and/or privileging requirement
- Employed physicians and the medical staff
- Physician-hospital compacts
- Medical staff codes of conduct
Additionally, the sixth edition features practical guidance, including sample bylaws language, on:
- Medical staff structure and self-governance
- Credentialing and privileging
- Corrective action
- Due process
- Quality assessment and improvement
- Compliance with accreditation standards and regulatory requirements
- And much more
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