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Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven, New AMA President, Outlines Roadmap

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 20, 2013

HLM: What kind of movement?

Hoven: We have developed a partnership, for example, with the Sustainable Growth Rate and Quality [at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD,] focusing on hypertension management. Why do we have 30 million people who have hypertension, yet have no control over their hypertension?

What are the dynamics, what is happening there that we need to address, and what do physicians need to do about it? I think it's going to be an exciting challenge to make realtime, practical tools for physicians.

On the pre-diabetes part of it, we are partnering with YMCAs throughout the country, and dealing with exercise, [and] weight issues. You are going to see more action coming out on this over the next year. I'm excited because I'll be able to talk about it."

HLM: How will you address physician shortages?

Hoven: We will be delivering team-based care, utilizing our allied health professionals. Teams can be small, two people; that's our minimal definition of a team. So using physician-led team-based care will allow us to deliver a high quality of care. [A physician] doesn't need to be the one who is there every day to talk to the somewhat overweight patient about diet. A doctor has well-trained personnel, a dietician and a care coordinator who can help do that. [They] can probably do a better job than I can do."

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