The Council on Long Range Planning and Development (CLRPD) can initiate projects, or can be assigned projects/reports based on actions of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.
Council perspectives for the Board of Trustees
Annually, the CLRPD is invited to the AMA Board’s summer planning session to provide a perspective on long range issues and potential challenges to the association and the medical community.
The CLRPD solicits, synthesizes and analyzes comments from the AMA Councils, Sections and Special Groups, AMA Specialty and Service Society, and the Commission to End Health Care Disparities on emerging issues, as well as what changes they are seeing in day-to-day medical practice. The Council also seeks similar input from the broader physician population through informal means and review of secondary sources. Any comments, thoughts?
Health care trends/ environmental analysis
Practicing physicians are seeing many changes in all aspects of medicine that have far-reaching implications for future medical practice and/or future generations of physicians. The CLRPD engages in an ongoing effort to go beyond the traditional environmental assessment to help the AMA anticipate and address emerging issues early. This work is based on and informed by the environmental assessment trends work, and asks the "so what?" question with regard to what is going on in the broad health care environment and in society in general.
This analysis of the changing health care environment takes the form of the AMA Health Care Trends resource. The 2010-2011 edition is now available at www.ama-assn.org/go/healthcaretrends. Select chapters will be released over time to ensure that timely, relevant updated information is available for current reporting and monitoring of trends. Please feel free to register and download available chapters of Health Care Trends 2010-2011. There are no printed copies available for distribution. Be sure to check back quarterly for updates! Any comments or thoughts?
AMA Governance Issues
CLRPD appreciates the input of others on suggestions for potential future projects. The Council receives assignments from the AMA Board and/or the House of Delegates on selected governance issues. For instance, CLRPD has been tasked with responding to various resolutions pertaining to a change in status for an existing AMA group or the establishment of a new section. As a result, the Council conducted a detailed analysis for addressing requests pertaining to the formation of AMA future governance groups and to provide a process, with a clear and predictable path, for groups seeking a formalized role in the component structure of the AMA. The Council presented its findings in CLRPD Report 1, Establishment and Function of Sections, which was adopted at the 2010 Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates (AMA Policy G-615.001).
In accordance with AMA Policy G-615.001, a letter of application has been made available to present requests for a change in status for existing groups or formation of new groups. Please note this letter of application does not preclude the submission of a resolution to the AMA House of Delegates. Any comments, thoughts?
Demographic Characteristics of the House of Delegates and AMA Leadership
The Council has the responsibility to provide a demographic analysis to the AMA House of Delegates and the AMA leadership every year. The most recent report (2011 Demographic Report), based on data for the year ending December, 2010, was submitted to the House of Delegates at the AMA Annual Meeting in June, 2011.
Consistent with previous reports, differences among the leadership groups are relatively small and comparisons to the AMA membership or to the total physician population show no dramatic differences. Additionally, the average age and racial and ethnic composition of the AMA House of Delegates and leadership have changed minimally. However, compared to 2008 data, collecting self-reported data on race and ethnicity has improved. Since 2000, the proportion of female physicians who are delegates has risen slightly and currently female physicians make up slightly more than one-third of AMA members.
CLRPD welcomes any comments or suggestions. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail. We are especially interested in any feedback on our major current projects.