|February 2013 · Vol. 25, No. 2
The economics of surgical gynecology:
How we can not only survive,
but thrive, in the 21st Century
Q&A with Barbara S. Levy, MD, vice president of health policy at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The author reports no financial relationships relevant to this article.
Barbara S. Levy, MD, spent 29 years in private practice before accepting an appointment as vice president of health policy at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Those 29 years in private practice weren’t her only window onto the health-care arena, however. She has served as chair of the Resource Based Relative Value Scale Update Committee for the American Medical Association for 3 years; as medical director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, Washington; and as a long-time member of the OBG Management Board of Editors. As a result, she offers an informed and well-rounded perspective on the economics of surgical gynecology—the subject of a keynote address she delivered at the 2012 Pelvic Anatomy and Gynecologic Surgery (PAGS) symposium in December.
We sat down with Dr. Levy after her talk to explore some of the issues she raised—the focus of this Q&A. Dr. Levy also summarizes the high points of her talk in a video presentation available at obgmanagement.com.
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