Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Jan. 6 Reception for New OB/Gyn Chair

A welcome reception is planned for Sarah J. Kilpatrick, M.D., Ph.D., the new chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium, and medical staff members are invited to attend.

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FDA Restricts Use of Avandia

Pharmacy Focus

- Use of Avandia® and other products with rosiglitazone restricted …

- FDA pulls propoxyphene and products containing propoxyphene from market …

- Cedars-Sinai Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Approvals …

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Meetings and Events

Alumni Association Business Meeting and Dinner 
Dec. 8

Policy, Practice, Perspective: End of Life Care at CSMC
Dec. 15

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MS.01.01.01, What?

Joint Commission Requires Medical Staff Constitution be Rewritten

Cedars-Sinai’s medical staff is completely rewriting its constitution and bylaws to meet new Joint Commission requirements that go into effect on March 31, 2011.

Last spring, the Joint Commission revised their standards that address the Medical Staff, its governance and its accountability to the hospital’s governing body. This standard is now known as MS.01.01.01, or to math majors as: MS(01)3.

“This is a major undertaking,” said Scott Karlan, M.D., chief of staff. “You need a lot of motivation to even read our Constitution. Yet the Joint Commission has given us three months to basically start from scratch and rewrite our Constitution and Bylaws.

“With a little creative writing, we hope to increase transparency and participation in medical staff governance, without gumming up the entire process,” Dr. Karlan added. “There are a lot of new concepts, so we’ll be circulating proposed language to get medical staff input. We’ll need a final vote before March 31 when MS(01)3 takes effect.”

In 2004, the Joint Commission created the predecessor to MS(01)3, which was called MS.1.20. This standard was a reaction to a long legal battle between Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura and its medical staff, which was settled that same year. The physicians’ suit alleged that Community Memorial Hospital undercut their rights as a self-governing branch of the medical center, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Joint Commission revised MS.1.20 in 2007, but the new language raised concerns regarding the requirements for details in the bylaws; the potential disruption of relationships between the medical staff and hospital governing body; and the role of the medical executive committee, according to the Joint Commission.

After three years of debate, the Joint Commission decided to implement their new standard and will be surveying hospitals for compliance as of March 2011.