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.