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The Council on Long Range Planning and Development (CLRPD) can initiate projects or be assigned projects based on actions of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.

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 future generations of physicians. The CLRPD engages an ongoing environmental scan to help physicians and the AMA identify, anticipate and address emerging issues early.

The CLRPD’s assessment of the changing health care environment is available to AMA members and the general public in the form of Health Care Trends. Sections of the 2013-2014 edition are now available at no charge from www.ama-assn.org/go/healthcaretrends. A brief registration is required, and each chapter has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Non-physicians may access the chapters and receive certificates of participation. Any comments or thoughts?

Health Care Trends Report: 2013 and 2014

Stakeholder analysis

The CLRPD solicits, synthesizes and analyzes comments from the Associations' stakeholders, including 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?

AMA Governance Issues

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).

Accordingly, Letters of Application are made available to present requests for the formation of new sections or the renewal of delineated section status. The Letter of Application for Section Status is made available to member component groups seeking section status. Please note the Letter of Application for Section Status does not preclude the submission of a resolution to the AMA House of Delegates. The Letter of Application for Renewal of Delineated Section Status is made available to a delineated section to reconfirm its qualifications for continued delineated section status every 5 years. 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 (2015 Demographic Report), based on data for the year ending December 2014, was submitted to the House of Delegates at the AMA Annual Meeting in June 2015.

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 2010 data, collecting self-reported data on race and ethnicity has improved. Since 2000, the proportion of female physicians who are delegates has risen. In 2012 female physicians comprised nearly 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.