ABIM Foundation Announces New Focus and Governance

Public Members - Glenn Hackbarth (MedPAC) and Bruce Bradley (General

Motors) - to Serve as Foundation Officers

Jul 01, 2008, 01:00 ET from ABIM Foundation

    PHILADELPHIA, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ABIM Foundation
 will dedicate its efforts over the next five years to bridging the concepts
 of medical professionalism and accountability in health care toward the
 ultimate goal of improving patient care.
     In addition, the Foundation announced that officers of its Board of
 Trustees now include, for the first time, two non-physician leaders whose
 public perspectives will help guide the Foundation's work. Glenn Hackbarth,
 Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and Bruce Bradley,
 Director of Health Care Strategy and Public Policy for General Motors
 Corporation, were elected to one-year terms as Vice Chair and
 Secretary-Treasurer, respectively. John Popovich, Jr., MD, Chair,
 Department of Medicine, Henry Ford Health System will also begin two years
 of service as Chair of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees.
     As a focus for the next five years, the ABIM Foundation's work will
 address the 21st century principles outlined in Medical Professionalism in
 the New Millennium: A Physician Charter developed by the ABIM Foundation,
 the American College of Physicians Foundation and the European Federation
 of Internal Medicine. These aspirational principles redefine the role of
 physicians to include a commitment to quality improvement, a focus on
 equitable care across all populations, and an obligation to be stewards of
 scarce medical resources. Download the charter at
     For many physicians, professionalism is a guiding force for quality
 patient-physician interactions, spurring and inspiring physicians to do
 their best for their patients. At the same time, many within and outside of
 the profession believe the concept has been inappropriately used to avoid
 external oversight.
     "There is a growing sense that professionalism has weakened, which has
 the potential to negatively affect public trust in medicine," said
 Christine K. Cassel, MD, president and CEO of ABIM and the ABIM Foundation.
 "By developing mechanisms to crisply define and support new notions of
 professionalism, we can better meet the needs of patients and payers for
 greater accountability."
     Recent research, sponsored by the Institute of Medicine as a
 Profession, identified notable gaps between the ideals physicians aspire to
 in the professionalism realm and their practices. The ABIM Foundation
 aspires to close these gaps by working collaboratively with patients,
 employers, health plans, physicians and other stakeholders to develop and
 implement shared expectations about physicians' roles and responsibilities
 in the context of a changing health care system.
     "The inclusion of non-physicians as Trustees in the Foundation has
 proven invaluable in helping us define and implement an agenda that is
 inclusive of all involved in healthcare," added John Popovich, Jr, MD,
 Chair of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees. "By having Glenn Hackbarth
 and Bruce Bradley serve as Officers for the Foundation, we will be better
 able to bridge the divide between the perspectives of physicians on
 professionalism and payers and patients on accountability."
     An additional focus of the Foundation will be the responsibilities
 articulated in the Physician Charter focusing on "stewardship of finite
 resources." In light of the crisis regarding the cost of health care, the
 Foundation hopes to play a leadership role in advancing the physician's
 ability to effectively steward the health care resources of his or her
     The Trustees serving for 2008-2009 are:
-- Chair: John Popovich, Jr., MD - Chair, Department of Medicine, Henry Ford Health System -- Vice-Chair: Glenn Hackbarth, JD, MA - Chair, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) (Trustee since 2006) -- Secretary-Treasurer: Bruce Bradley, MBA - Director, Health Care Strategy and Public Policy, General Motors Corporation (Trustee since 2003) -- Richard J. Baron, MD - President, Greenhouse Internists, PC and Chair, ABIM Board of Directors -- Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH - Executive Vice President and CMO, Aetna, Inc. -- Christine K. Cassel, MD - President and CEO, American Board of Internal Medicine and ABIM Foundation -- David B. Hellmann, MD - Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center -- Holly J. Humphrey, MD - Professor of Medicine and Dean for Medical Education, Pritzker School of Medicine and the University of Chicago Hospitals -- Sheila T. Leatherman, MSW - Research Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina Judge Institute, University of Cambridge -- Deborah Leff, JD - President, Public Welfare Foundation -- Debra L. Ness, MS - President, National Partnership for Women & Families -- Donald E. Wesson, MD - Vice Dean, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center (Temple Campus) -- Beverly Woo, MD - Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School About the ABIM Foundation Established in 1999 by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), which certifies internal medicine physicians and subspecialists, the ABIM Foundation complements ABIM's work by exploring the issues central to the common purpose of both organizations -- to enhance the quality of patient care.

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