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Is your medical staff organization a dinosaur?

The traditional medical staff structure, with categories such as: active, associate, courtesy, consulting, referring, honorary should be reviewed in light of the increase in the number of hospitalists, among other factors.  The “active” category, particularly, should be re-examined.  The author argues for a separation of the granting of privileges from the rest of the medical staff appointment process.  She also covers the issues of lack of participation in medical staff leadership and oversight activities, and ED call coverage.

What I like about this article:  Pragmatic suggestions.  She says — you should look at this and this and this.

Source: Matzka, K.  The evolving medical staff: keeping up with the practice of hospital medicine.  PEJ. Physician Executive;37(5):44-48, Sept./Oct. 2011.  Click here to link to the journal’s website: http://www.acpe.org/publications/current-pej/current.aspx  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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