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 principle reasons for founding the AAMC:
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.