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Ask the expert: I have a hard time working with my MEC chairman to create the agenda for the next meeting. Any advice on how to fix this?

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, March 30, 2012

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Ultimately, the decision regarding which items make it on the agenda lies with the committee chairperson. Terry Wilson, BS, CPMSM, CPCS, director of medical staff services at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, FL, advises building a strong and trusting relationship with these folks so setting the agenda is not a struggle. "Seldom do they make changes to my agenda because they trust my judgment when organizing their meetings," she explains.

Wilson gained the chairpersons’ trust by doing her homework before sitting down with committee chairs to discuss the agendas. She keeps a separate folder full of potential agenda items for each of the committees of which she is in charge. These items are a combination of new requests and old items that warrant a follow-up. When someone asks to have an item placed on the agenda, Wilson says she goes on a fact-finding mission by asking:

  • What is the main point of the request?
  • Why does it need to be on the agenda?
  • What month's agenda should it go on?
  • Are there any supplemental pieces of information that need to be reviewed?

"When I present it to the chairman, he has all of the information he needs to determine whether it needs to be discussed at the meeting," says Wilson.

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