American Medical Group Association

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The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) is a national trade association representing multi-specialty medical groups and other organized systems of health care. More than 150,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for approximately 130 million patients (more than one in three Americans).[1]

Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is a strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy,[2] educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.

History[edit]

The American Medical Group Association was born out of the desire for physicians practicing in groups to improve the quality of patient care by sharing best practices, experiences, and strategies with their peers. Over the years, AMGA has become the primary advocate of group practice, promoting multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care as the preferred delivery system for coordinated, patient-centered, efficient, quality medical care in America.

AMGA began in 1950 as the American Association of Medical Clinics (AAMC). The Certificate of Incorporation of AAMC, filed with the Recorder of Deeds of the District of Columbia on May 1, 1950, listed five principal reasons for founding the AAMC:

  • To gain recognition for graduate medical education in group practices
  • To elevate standards of practice in medical clinics
  • To promote medical research in clinics
  • To give mutual help among clinics by interchange of ideas and experience
  • To disseminate scientific and medical knowledge, particularly pertaining to group practice

From the beginning AAMC lived up to these lofty goals. Through meetings, resources, publications and advocacy, the organization pursued these goals and increased membership rapidly. To this day, membership continues to grow.

The association was renamed in 1974 to the American Group Practice Association, and in 1996 merged with the Unified Medical Group Association to form AMGA. Today AMGA still champions coordinated, accountable, quality care and is recognized as the voice of medical groups and other organized systems of care in America.

Mission[edit]

The American Medical Group Association supports its members in enhancing population health and care for patients through integrated systems of care.

Vision[edit]

Dramatically improved population health and care for patients at lower overall costs will be achieved by high-performing and clinically integrated medical groups and health systems.

Values[edit]

  1. Transparency and accountability for quality and patient experience outcomes at the group level
  2. Fully integrated, efficient, patient-centered care
  3. Continuous improvement of patient care systems
  4. Physician leadership
  5. Teamwork across specialties
  6. Total coordinated care

Corporate family[edit]

American Medical Group Association is made up of several entities.

  • American Medical Group Association (AMGA)

A nonprofit trade association that improves health care for patients by supporting multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care, AMGA is a strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.

  • American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF)

The philanthropic arm of AMGA, dedicated to demonstrating that the total coordinated care model continues to provide the highest quality, cost-effective, efficient care possible and to fostering quality improvement in group practice through education and research programs in clinical quality, patient safety, service, operational efficiency, and innovation.

  • AMGA Consulting Services, LLC

A for-profit, consulting arm of the association, AMGA Consulting Services is a long-term business partner on key business issues. Consultants assist organizations in effectively addressing challenges with solutions that are customized to their unique situation.

  • Anceta, LLC

Anceta is AMGA's collaborative for improving population health through comparative clinical analytics, conducted in partnership with Humedica, an Optum company. The collaborative’s goal is better health outcomes at lower overall cost.

  • Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP)

An affiliate of AMGF, CAPP is a joint undertaking by some of the nation's largest and most prominent physician practices to foster the evolution and development of the accountable physician group model.[3]

Measure Up/Pressure Down®[edit]

The first Chronic Care Challenge initiative, Measure Up/Pressure Down® is a national three-year campaign that focuses on high blood pressure (hypertension).[4] High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease and the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. According to the latest data, only 53% of American adults have their blood pressure under control. The campaign was developed to improve blood pressure detection and control to reduce the burden of this chronic condition and lift the standard of care for patients nationwide.

The Measure Up/Pressure Down® campaign challenges medical groups, health systems, payers, patients, consumers, employers, and the entire nation to achieve greater levels of detection and control of high blood pressure through two defined goals: (1) to achieve 80% blood pressure control in patients with high blood pressure in all participating medical groups according to national standards by 2016 and (2) to engage and empower patients to actively manage their health by raising awareness of the dangers of poorly controlled blood pressure.

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