Nancy Oswald said she'll step down as president and chief executive officer of the National IPA Coalition to focus on public policy.
Oswald, 50, will take a part-time role as NIPAC's senior policy adviser and plans to conduct special projects for the association, said Yvonne Sonnenberg, NIPAC's board chairwoman.
The Oakland, Calif.-based coalition, which claims 300 member organizations in 35 states, plans to find a replacement by Dec. 31, when Oswald leaves the top job.
Oswald said she voluntarily decided to make the move because her skills are better suited to physician advocacy.
"What gets me up in the morning and rings my bells is working on policy initiatives," Oswald said.
Sonnenberg, who is executive director of ProMed Health, an independent practice association and medical services organization based in Upland, Calif., said the board has been satisfied with Oswald's performance. She added, "I tried to talk her out of it."
Oswald has led the coalition since late 1994. She previously ran government operations for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and was the founding CEO of the National Federation of Housestaff Organizations.
The coalition expects to break even this year with revenues of $1.8 million, Oswald said.
NIPAC was formed in 1993 as the IPA Association of California and adopted a national focus in 1997. It competes with the IPA Association of America, which claims 800 member organizations in 39 states.
The possibility of a merger between the two organizations has been discussed for years, but Sonnenberg said no progress has been made toward a deal.