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Amending medical staff bylaws

Bylaws should be carefully written to ensure that they can’t be changed casually, but also that amendments don’t face an unreasonable hurdle. This balancing act will be decided differently by various medical staffs.

However the medical staff authorizes amendments to its bylaws, changes must be ultimately approved by the hospital governing body. This is a requirement established under the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP), which state that the bylaws must “be approved by the governing body.”

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