Maves ready to exit as AMA CEO in June

Modern Healthcare - - Contents - Gregg Blesch

ichael Maves, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and CEO of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion since 2001, will leave the or­ga­ni­za­tion when his con­tract ex­pires June 30, 2011.

The AMA board of trustees and Maves “mu­tu­ally de­cided” that he would end his ten­ure, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. “As we en­ter into a new era that is re­defin­ing the way health­care is de­liv­ered, both Dr. Maves and the board of trustees share the be­lief that new top lead­er­ship is re­quired to ad­dress these chal­lenges and to en­sure the rights of pa­tients and physi­cians are pas­sion­ately and ef­fec­tively pro­tected,” board chair­woman Ardis Hoven said in the re­lease. (For more on Maves’ de­par­ture, read Out­liers, p. 36.)

Brenda Craine, a spokes­woman for the AMA, said Maves and mem­bers of the AMA board were un­avail­able for com­ment.

The board plans to hire a search firm to iden­tify a suc­ces­sor to be in place by the time Maves’ con­tract ex­pires, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. In the mean­time, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Bernard Henges­baugh will work with Maves, 62, to pre­pare for the tran­si­tion.

The AMA re­ported Maves’ com­pen­sa­tion and ben­e­fits to­taled $956,893 in 2008, the most

Mre­cent fig­ures pub­licly avail­able. He re­ceived base com­pen­sa­tion of $616,204 and bonuses of $220,000, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 2009 In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice Form 990. The AMA re­ported an­other $54,698 in other com­pen­sa­tion and $13,800 in de­ferred com­pen­sa­tion to Maves. He re­ceived ben­e­fits worth $52,191.

Maves, quoted in the re­lease, echoes the feel­ing that 2011 presents a nat­u­ral tran­si­tion to a new ex­ec­u­tive and cred­its the AMA for be­ing “un­wa­ver­ing in their com­mit­ment to help­ing doc­tors help pa­tients.” Maves as­sumed lead­er­ship af­ter a pe­riod of in­sta­bil­ity, be­com­ing the AMA’s fourth top ex­ec­u­tive in as many years when he took the job in 2001.

Hoven cred­its Maves with restor­ing fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity to the AMA and shep­herd­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion through the re­ces­sion while car­ry­ing out ini­tia­tives aimed at im­prov­ing the qual­ity of care, ex­pand­ing ac­cess to care and fight­ing for fair Medi­care re­im­burse­ment for physi­cians.

Maves has been a con­sis­tent pres­ence on Mod­ern Health­care’s 100 Most Pow­er­ful Peo­ple in Health­care, rank­ing 86th in the 2010 list. He also has been one of Mod­ern Physi­cian’s 50 Most Pow­er­ful Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives in each of the six years the list has been in ex­is­tence, hold­ing the No. 40 slot in 2010.

An oto­laryn­gol­o­gist by train­ing, Maves pre­vi­ously was ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Academy of Oto­laryn­gol­ogy from 1994 to 1999 and then was pres­i­dent of the Con­sumer Health­care Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion, a Washington-based trade group.

—with Melanie Evans

Maves said 2011 is a nat­u­ral tran­si­tion to a new ex­ec­u­tive.

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