Ardis Dee Hoven, MD

Ardis Dee Hoven, MD

AMA Affiliated Groups

Former President, American Medical Association,
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Dr. Hoven, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, Ky., became the 168th president of the American Medical Association in June 2013.

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How patients are benefiting from innovative quality projects

I recently spent two days in Detroit at the Henry Ford Health System—and what I learned there is too exciting not to share. The system has hosted an annual Quality Exposition for 23 years, during which health care teams from throughout its integrated system demonstrate new ways to make patient care safe, patient-centered, timely, efficient, effective and equitable.

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As local leaders, physicians shape the nation

As my time as AMA president comes to an end, I’m reflecting on what I’ve learned while spending more than two-thirds of the year on the road and talking to physicians across the country about their concerns.

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Why you should be a member of the AMA

I’ve spent much of the past year talking with physicians around the country about the issues that matter most to them and listening to the challenges they face every day.

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Physicians need cost, outcomes data, not Medicare claims data

It’s been about a month since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its raw physician Medicare claims data, drawing a great deal of attention from the press and leaving physicians to provide context about the data to patients. 

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How organized medicine is reducing health care disparities

When I participated in the National Hispanic Medical Association’s (NHMA) annual meeting several weeks ago, I was struck by the tangible sense of unity in the air. 

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Three initiatives are leading physicians into the future

Although my time as AMA president begins to wind down, I’m looking toward the future. The AMA has worked hard over the past year to propel its three strategic focus areas forward, and we’ve made astonishing progress.

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Why permanent SGR repeal lost to another temporary payment patch

I posed an important question in an AMA Viewpoints post two weeks ago: Would the bipartisan legislative policy for repealing Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula turn into a missed opportunity? For Congress, it certainly did. For physicians, the story is more complicated.

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The riskiest part of change in health care

I had a true “aha” moment earlier this month when I was in Washington, D.C., for the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference. It was one of those moments of heightened awareness that comes from a fundamental realization that applies not to an isolated issue but to a broad spectrum of life.