Defining disruptive behavior

The lede:

A Joint Commission standard on disruptive behavior could lead to “arbitrary and capricious enforcement” against physicians, the AMA House of Delegates warned.

Delegates at the Interim Meeting directed the AMA to seek a one-year moratorium on the new standard, slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2009, to allow organized medical staffs time to change their bylaws to comply with the rule. The house also adopted policy advocating that medical staffs develop their own conduct codes and investigation and appeals procedures.

Delegates directed the AMA to update its 2000 policy on disruptive behavior and work with the commission, the Federation of State Medical Boards and other entities to develop an appeals process for physicians charged with bad behavior. The AMA also will work with these groups to “develop a definition of disruptive behavior by a physician to include the actions that would rise to the level of true abusive behavior.”

The whole shebang.