Barbara L. McAneny, MD
For: AMA Board of Trustees
The American Society of Clinical Oncology and the New Mexico Medical Society are pleased to nominate Barbara L. McAneny, MD, FACP, FASCO, for re-election to the AMA Board of Trustees (BOT). Dr. McAneny is endorsed by the AMA’s Western Mountain States Conference, the AMA Specialty and Service Society (SSS), the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Hematology.
Dr. McAneny is the current chair-elect of the AMA Board of Trustees. She has previously served on and chaired the AMA Council on Medical Service, served on the SSS Governing Council, the board of directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and as president of the New Mexico Medical Society. She was appointed to two terms on the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council, a congressionally designated council that advised the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on the effects of regulations on the practice of medicine, affording her invaluable insights into the inner workings of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the opportunity to communicate with physicians on a national scale about current developments involving Medicare.
Dr. McAneny is a practicing oncologist, co-founder and managing partner of her multi-specialty oncology practice, New Mexico Cancer Center, a successful, independent, physician-owned practice, providing care in multiple sites across New Mexico. Leading a successful practice in a poor state with a high uninsured rate and an extremely competitive market has required business acumen and a detailed understanding of the challenges facing the practice of medicine today. This knowledge has made Dr. McAneny an advocate for physician-led practices on the AMA-BOT and has enabled her to represent the AMA-BOT on reimbursement-related issues.
Dr. McAneny is the recipient of a $19.8 million grant from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to test the hypothesis that properly constructed private specialty practices can perform as medical homes and deliver better care while saving money. This project has transformed oncology care in private practices in six states and has made Dr. McAneny a nationally recognized leader in physician directed, health care innovation.
“Only physicians with practice experience can transform our health care system to best meet the needs of patients and physicians across the diversity of practice settings. And only physicians can determine what is appropriate care in the context of their relationships with their patients. Our AMA must lead the way in ensuring that physicians are given the tools that they need to provide the highest quality and highest value care.
“Diversity in the choice of practice environments makes our health care system more robust. I am concerned that physicians are increasingly finding that hospital employment is the only viable option, because if we are to solve the dilemma of the high cost of American health care, we cannot shift all doctors to the highest cost sites of service. Our AMA must lead the way in providing the support and the structures needed to unleash the creativity of American physicians to create systems that provide exceptional care, with the highest possible levels of patient and physician satisfaction.”