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2013 Annual Report

In 2013 the American Medical Association made bold steps forward on the goals we set in motion the prior year. The outcomes of our efforts have been gratifying. For the third consecutive year we demonstrated growth in membership and have continued to enjoy financial stability. While these achievements are extremely important, they represent but a portion of a much larger and evolving story.

Looking back on 2013 we see an impressive list of accomplishments. This is a clear indication of the AMA's future path—a path toward improved patient health outcomes, increased professional satisfaction and practice sustainability, and a stronger medical education environment designed to meet the challenges of 21st century medicine. You'll learn more about these core areas of focus on the following pages. Other important highlights from 2013 include:

  • Achieving more than 85 state legislative and regulatory victories in collaboration with state and specialty medical societies, including advocating for physician interests in state-based health system reform, ensuring physician leadership in health care teams, preserving medical liability reform and more.
  • Enhancing how we engage and inform physicians and medical students by reinventing AMA Morning Rounds and AMA Wire, our primary communication products, to make them the destination for the latest news and information impacting the medical community.
  • Developing and delivering high-impact solutions and services designed to bring value to physicians and fund the AMA's mission-focused activities and operations.
  • Pressing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to adopt new codes to cover complex chronic care management beginning in 2015, developed by workgroups of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Editorial Panel and the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee.
  • Moving into a new, state-of-the-art headquarters—AMA Plaza—in downtown Chicago, which positions us to collaborate with stakeholders in health care across the country (and to attract future talent) as we drive forward our mission of promoting the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

On behalf of the AMA's staff, senior leadership and our members, it is with great optimism and sense of purpose that we look forward to the opportunities ahead. Achieving the high-quality, efficient health care delivery system our nation needs and deserves will require physician leadership, tenacity and working collaboratively across the entire health care ecosystem.

We embrace this challenge and look forward to serving the needs of America's physicians, their patients and our profession.

David O. Barbe, MD, MHA
Board of Trustees

Patrice A. Harris, MD
Finance Committee Chair
Board of Trustees

James L. Madara, MD
Executive Vice President
Chief Executive Officer