19 September 2011
Geisinger Health System Receives 2011 AMGA Acclaim Award
Three Additional Groups Honored for Progress in Achieving IOM Aims
LAS VEGAS, NV-The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) today presented the 2011 AMGA Acclaim Award to Geisinger Health System for "Transforming Care Delivery: Patient-centric, Value-driven Innovation," a patient-centered system redesign focusing on quality and safety, cost, innovative care delivery, and interdisciplinary care coordination across the large healthcare organization. The award, granted through AMGA's philanthropic arm, the American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF), was presented at AMGA's Institute for Quality Leadership Annual Conference, being held September 19 – 21, 2010 at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.
Through the award-winning initiative, Geisinger Health System has been designing and implementing innovative value-driven approaches to improving health care. With strong commitment from leadership, which invested in superior infrastructure, Geisinger has focused on patient-centered primary care and redesign of inpatient and specialty care. In their move away from traditional fee-for-service, Geisinger's engaged physicians and stakeholders collected and assessed data to define quality and performance drivers that would result in a redesigned care delivery model. The new model integrates technology into clinical care, involves the patient and family, insures total accountability through aligned incentives, and reduces variability through care redesign and performance feedback to improve patient outcomes, thereby decreasing costs.
Three additional groups were announced as Acclaim Award Honorees:
"These organizations demonstrated a monumental leap forward in providing patients the health care they need, want, and deserve," said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., AMGA's president and chief executive officer and AMGF secretary/treasurer. "We salute the dedication of the organizations' leadership and healthcare providers in improving patient outcomes, efficiency, coordination, and organizational and clinical integration. Their ongoing efforts will ensure that their patients will receive quality, value-based care throughout their lives."
AMGA's prestigious Acclaim Award honors organizations that embrace the Institute of Medicine's aims by incorporating the six attributes of an ideal healthcare delivery system as identified by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. These organizations demonstrated that:
The award highlights the continued research and investigation toward finding the finest models of medical management, coordination of care delivery, and a systemic approach to improving the patient experience. The recipient of the award receives a Steuben Crystal, produced specifically for the award, as well as national recognition. Honorees also are recognized and receive crystal awards.
Applicant criteria, structured around the six IOM Aims for the 21st Century, place a heavy emphasis on leadership involvement. Applicants are asked to measurably demonstrate progress toward achieving the six aims (safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable) and transforming their organizations to provide health care that is consistent with the aims. AMGA looks for medical groups that have made and documented system-wide changes to improve medical care for large numbers of the patients they serve, and, through the process, consistently improve organizational performance. Applicants are evaluated in a blinded review process conducted by nationally recognized leaders in healthcare quality.
"The groups honored with this award exemplify the best quality health care in the United States, and the efforts of multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care to provide the right care at the right time in the most efficient manner," said Fisher. "Coordinated, value-based care has been the hallmark of AMGA member groups, and programs like the Acclaim Award help these groups continue their innovative work and communicate their successes to the healthcare community to better serve their patients. It is our hope that medical groups throughout the country will learn about the work of these innovators and be inspired to implement similar programs in their medical groups."
The American Medical Group Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the AMGA. As a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization, its mission is to foster quality improvement in group practice through education and research programs in clinical quality, patient safety, service, operational efficiency, and innovation. In addition to research and demonstration projects, the Foundation helps support learning collaboratives and presents educational grants and awards to medical groups that demonstrate improvements in practice, quality, and patient care.
The American Medical Group Association represents medical groups, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to improve health care for patients by supporting multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care. More than 117,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 110 million patients in 49 states (nearly one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the 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. www.amga.org