David O. Barbe, MD, MHA

David O. Barbe, MD, MHA

Family Practice

AMA Affiliated Groups

Former President, American Medical Association,
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Dr. Barbe, a board-certified family physician from Mountain Grove, Missouri., was the 172nd president of the American Medical Association from June 2017 to June 2018. He currently serves as president of the World Medical Association.

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On Doctors’ Day and every day: To improve care, meet physician needs

The bureaucracy of modern medicine inflicts a mounting toll on physicians. The AMA arms doctors with relevant, cutting-edge tools, information and resources to rekindle a joy in medicine.
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10 key issues where you can help move medicine in 2018

The AMA is pursuing an ambitious agenda to reform payment systems, cut red tape, end the opioid epidemic and protect health care coverage. Here is how you can get involved.
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Public Health

Action to address gun violence is long overdue

The Parkland, Fla., school shooting is the latest tragic reminder of the steps needed to reduce firearms' deadly toll. That includes clearing the way for federally funded research of the problem.
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Physicians urge Congress to reject proposed Medicare pay cuts

Proposed physician payment cuts in federal spending package before Congress threaten to undermine Medicare improvement efforts already underway.


Our AMA tallies major achievements during a time of turbulence

In critical areas such as health-system overhaul, insurance competition and cutting regulatory burdens, AMA member physicians have made their mark in 2017.

Medicare & Medicaid

Jump-start the new year with MACRA: Looking ahead to 2018

The AMA estimates more than 97% of eligible clinicians will avoid a 2020 Medicare pay penalty based on their 2018 Quality Payment Program participation.


Improving the nation’s health requires candid discussion

HHS needs to issue detailed clarification of reported directive to restrict language in the agency’s budget documents.
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Payment & Delivery Models

Future-proofing your Medicare performance improvement activities

Change under Quality Payment Program doesn’t have to happen all at once. Look for chance to take part in specialty-developed alternative payment models.
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