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AMA-AHA conference on new models of care

October 11, 2013


The American Medical Association and AHA this week convened a joint conference in Washington, their first in nearly 40 years, to discuss new models of care.

The meeting brought together hospital and health system leaders, physician leaders and government policy makers to expand the discussion on how care will be organized in the future to meet the goals of a more effective system. Separate panels focused on the financial, cultural and operational considerations of these new models, with a wide variety of organizations from across the country describing their specific models.

“In the areas of quality, safety and appropriate use of resources, we are getting better at a faster rate than ever before – and this takes partnership,” AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said in opening remarks.

Other AHA representatives included AHA Chairman Benjamin Chu, M.D., group president of Southern California and Hawaii for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plans in Pasadena; and AHA Chairmanelect Jim Hinton, president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, NM.