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ABIM Foundation Announces New Focus and Governance
Date:7/1/2008

Public Members - Glenn Hackbarth (MedPAC) and Bruce Bradley (General Motors) - to Serve as Foundation Officers

PHILADELPHIA, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ABIM Foundation will dedicate its efforts over the next five years to bridging the concepts of medical professionalism and accountability in health care toward the ultimate goal of improving patient care.

In addition, the Foundation announced that officers of its Board of Trustees now include, for the first time, two non-physician leaders whose public perspectives will help guide the Foundation's work. Glenn Hackbarth, Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and Bruce Bradley, Director of Health Care Strategy and Public Policy for General Motors Corporation, were elected to one-year terms as Vice Chair and Secretary-Treasurer, respectively. John Popovich, Jr., MD, Chair, Department of Medicine, Henry Ford Health System will also begin two years of service as Chair of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees.

As a focus for the next five years, the ABIM Foundation's work will address the 21st century principles outlined in Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter developed by the ABIM Foundation, the American College of Physicians Foundation and the European Federation of Internal Medicine. These aspirational principles redefine the role of physicians to include a commitment to quality improvement, a focus on equitable care across all populations, and an obligation to be stewards of scarce medical resources. Download the charter at http://www.abimfoundation.org/PhysicianCharter.

For many physicians, professionalism is a guiding force for quality patient-physician interactions, spurring and inspiring physicians to do their best for their patients. At the same time, many within and outside of the profession believe the concept has been inappropriately used to avoid ex
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