Union County Medical Society

Issues & Information

This page will have a copy of our latest organization newsletter UCMS-I&IQ. We will update the page each quarter.
Our county society submitted one resolution for the Pa. Medical Society's Annual Business Meeting in Oct., 2014.  Our Pa Medical Society is updating their Medical Staff Handbook with all four of its components.  Medical staffs will then have guidelines for their bylaws, credentialing, and building an effective medical staff organization in conformity with Pa. Dept. of Health Regulations.  Also, physicians will have model language developed at our AMA to place in their employment contracts and in their medical staff bylaws to protect themselves from retaliatory actions when they speak out for their patients and on medical staff issues that may conflict with their employers policies and positions.  These types of issues which appear to be largely focused on medical staff concerns are now the province of the county medical societies since the dissolution of the Organized Medical Staff Section in the Pa. Medical Society several years ago.  Additional issues of concern to Pa. physicians will be addressed at the PMS Annual Meeting and physicians are encouraged to review them at www.pamedsoc.org/.
The AMA's House of Delegates  meeting was held in June, 2015 with numerous actions taken in the interest of most physicians.  A summary report of those actions can be accessed via our AMA link (see links page on this website) or directly at www.ama-assn.org/  The AMA-OMSS annual assembly was held June, 2015 in Chicago, followed by the AMA House of Delegates meeting.  John Malcolm Jr. MD was our OMSS representative from the Evangelical Community Hospital Medical Staff at the meeting.  The key OMSS Governing Council report for his medical staff concerned reaffirmation of AMA policies supporting medical staff self-governance now threatened at his medical staff by proposed bylaws from a hospital management consultant which would strip his medical staff's of its self-governance and prevent the medical staff from operating in an efficient, effective manner.  The consultant's amended, but still highly damaging, bylaws were not adopted by the medical staff at the Dec. 2014 and June, 2015 medical staff quarterly meetings.  An updated draft set of medical staff bylaws following AMA and PMS Bylaws Handbook recommendations is being offered as a basis for a physician friendly alternative, but its consideration has thus far been deferred indefinitely.  A copy of the updated bylaws that follow AMA/PMS guidelines will be available from our UCMS Secretary in September 2015.

2015 Monthly Meeting Schedule:
The 2015 Fall/Winter Meeting Schedule will be posted in late September, 2015
We are always looking for new ideas and topics for the monthly newsletter. If you have an idea or would be interested in writing an article, please let us know.

UCMS Executive Committee Meeting schedule for Fall of 2015:
Sept. 1, 7:30 AM at ECH Dining Hall
The upcoming Winter 2015/2016 meeting schedule will be posted in Dec., 2015.

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