William Baron
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1 July 2013

Heritage Provider Network Joins AMGA
Gains Access to Education, Networking, Benchmarking, and Advocacy on Behalf of High-Performing and Clinically Integrated Medical Groups and Health Systems

Alexandria, VA - The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) announced that Heritage Provider Network (HPN), a network made up of a group practice and IPA in Southern California, New York, and Arizona, has joined the organization's medical group membership. HPN is on the cutting edge of the accountable care model of healthcare delivery, and its physicians join more than 130,000 physicians practicing in AMGA member organizations. Their membership allows them access to a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.

Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, president and CEO at AMGA, said, "We are pleased to welcome Heritage Provider Network, an innovation leader in the California market and a participant of the Pioneer ACO program, into AMGA's elite membership. We look forward to their participation in AMGA's many services and events."

"AMGA is a great organization that provides access to our peers in the medical group community," said Richard Merkin, M.D., Heritage Provider Network president and CEO. "Our organization and affiliates provide high-quality, cost-effective health care to more than 700,000 individuals and are dedicated to quality, affordable health care, and putting patients' wellness first. We look forward to sharing best practice examples with our fellow AMGA members to advance health care nationwide."

About Heritage Provider Network
Heritage Provider Network (HPN) is a limited Knox-Keene licensed organization in California that provides affordable quality care to its members. Through innovative programs and services designed specifically for the managed care environment, HPN and its medical groups have been successful in delivering the goals it set out to achieve while establishing long-standing, favorable provider relationships. HPN's guiding philosophy and beliefs are:

  • The physician-patient relationship is the foundation for providing quality health care
  • Physician and patient education must be proactive and ongoing
  • Physicians will make effective decisions for their patients given the appropriate tools, information and support from their peers
  • Utilization and quality management is a physician-to-physician process

HPN's preventive healthcare services are widely acknowledged to be among the broadest and most advanced in the industry.  Preventive healthcare services include employer-based health education programs, vaccinations and fitness programs. HPN has implemented rigorous programs to review utilization, quality assurance compliance, medical risk management, and patient issues and concerns.  HPN's medical and administrative management organization assesses internal and external statistical data and surveys to monitor compliance with medical policies, procedures, and standards.

Dr. Richard Merkin is president and CEO of Heritage Provider Network, and brings a 30-year history as a visionary, global healthcare leader delivering quality, affordable health care to American families.

For more information about Heritage Provider Network, please visit

About AMGA
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 130,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 120 million patients (more than 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