AMA President Returns to Iowa
Date of Publication September 27, 2018
The Iowa Medical Society welcomed a special guest at its recent board meeting in Iowa City on Thursday, September 20. American Medical Association President and Carver College of Medicine alumnus Barbara L. McAneny, MD addressed an audience composed of Carver Medical School faculty and students, Johnson County Medical Society leadership, and Iowa Medical Society boards and staff.
Dr. McAneny focused on physician leadership in the future of health care, emphasizing that physicians bring tremendous economic and cultural benefits to communities, but are operating under difficult conditions. She cited issues that define health care today – access to and cost of care, regulatory burdens, health care sector consolidation, technology, and the opioid epidemic – as just a few challenges today’s physicians are facing.
Dr. McAneny highlighted Iowa health trends such as high rates of heart disease and diabetes, and the human and economic toll of chronic disease across the U.S. Dr. McAneny outlined AMA’s solutions, the central theme of which is putting patients and physicians first:
- Remove the obstacles and burdens that interfere with patient care
- Confront the increasing chronic disease burden
- Reimagine medical education, training, and lifelong learning for the digital age to help physicians adapt and grow at every stage of their careers
- Protect coverage for all Americans, and fight efforts to erode patient protections under the ACA
Dr. McAneny closed with this quote: “The decisions we make today will have a lasting impact on generations to come. And they’re counting on us to get it right.” We’re all counting on the AMA to continue advocating for physicians and patients on the national stage.