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CHA Releases 2014 Model Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules

CHA has made several important changes to its recommended Model Medical Staff Bylaws & Rules. The document has been updated to reflect changes in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements, California law, recent litigation, and other technical and editorial amendments. The updates also include provisions to address activation of the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys’ Hearing Officer selection service, and to accommodate hospitals that select accreditation by DNV Healthcare. Ann O’Connell of the Sacramento office of Nossaman LLP updated the manual on behalf of CHA.

As a membership service, CHA has mailed a complimentary CD to all member hospital CEOs. The CD, containing the model and related documents, will arrive this week. The files also are available for members at

The CHA Model Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules is intended to set the framework for a hospital’s medical staff, administration and governing body to work together cooperatively to achieve their mutual goals. The model emphasizes the medical staff’s quality-of-care responsibilities, giving them latitude to develop standards and procedures for credentialing and privileging medical staff members, as well as applicable standards of care and procedures for monitoring the performance of medical staff members.

Other organizations, including the California Medical Association (CMA), have developed model medical staff bylaws. There are important distinctions between the CHA and CMA models, and members are encouraged to consider using the CHA model. A comprehensive side-by-side comparison chart of the two documents, with relevant comments regarding key distinctions of importance, is provided on the website and the CD.

Additional documents include annotated and non-annotated versions of the bylaws and rules, a memo outlining the importance of the models and a summary of the key differences between CHA’s and CMA’s model.

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