Health Authorities are responsible for ensuring the quality of care and services within their catchment area. The Board of Directors of the Health Authority is ultimately accountable for the quality of care in and provision of appropriate resources to the facilities and programs operated by the Health Authority. This includes having systems in place to monitor and report on the “quality agenda”. One important facet of the larger Fraser Health Authority (FHA) quality agenda is engagement of medical staff in quality management activity. It is important to recognize and understand how the interdependent relationships between the Board of Directors (of the HA), administration, medical staff, clinical staff and patients advances the quality agenda.
The Medical Staff in Quality Agenda
The FHA Medical Staff Organization exists as means for the Board to apply its statutory authority to all members of the medical, dental, midwifery and allied health professions who are granted permits by the Board to practice their disciplines within FHA, and to maintain and support the rights and privileges of the Medical Staff as provided herein.
The purpose of Medical Staff Organization is to:
- ensure all members thereof are aligned with the FHA quality agenda - the provision of high quality patient care, and
- provide advice to the Board in order to achieve the quality agenda and strategic directions of FHA.
HAMAC Representing the Medical Staff in the Quality Agenda
The Medical Staff Organization fulfils this purpose through the (Health Authority) Medical Advisory Committee (HAMAC). On behalf of the medical staff and through representation from the Regional (Medical) Departments, acute care sites and Medical Staff Associations, HAMAC is responsible to meet the statutory obligations of the Medical Staff Organization.
HAMAC is required to:
- act in an advisory capacity to the FHA Board of Directors;
- be accountable for the quality of medical care provided in the programs and facilities of FHA;
- assist in providing adequate and appropriate documentation for the purpose of maintaining a health record for each patient;
- participate in relevant activities such as: quality improvement; risk assessment and management; resource utilization; education and research; program development and evaluation; and
- promote a high level of professional performance by medical staff.