FAQ: What can be done to enforce a mandatory policy to non-direct hospital physicians or contractors?

What can be done to enforce a mandatory policy to non-direct hospital physicians or contractors? [FAQ Date: April 1, 2013]
From our case studies, it appears that enforcement of a mandatory policy with physicians – those on staff or non-direct – will most likely require the direct involvement and intervention of the Chief Medical Office (CMO) or equivalent, or a comparable committee of medical staff where that option may exist. Depending on the organization, enforcement may require the involvement of the CEO/COO.

During the program design phase, it appears most effective to align the CMO, CEO and board behind the mandatory policies applying to professional staff, with a clear decision as to how enforcement will be addressed, by whom, and what consequences will obtain for non-compliance.

These case studies of PA hospitals that have instituted mandatory polices provide some strategies that might be considered for implementation: http://paHCPfluvax.org/case-studies/.

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