CEO Corner

Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A.Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A
President and Chief Executive Officer, AMGA

Welcome to the CEO Corner, where I share observations, articles, and photos to connect and engage with our members and the larger healthcare community.

AMGA members are doing amazing things. That is one of my conclusions as I pass the six-month point of my tenure as president and CEO of AMGA. I have visited many of our member medical groups and health systems during this time and seen firsthand remarkable innovations in primary care, novel ways to improve access, and new uses of technology. I have witnessed how each and every day, AMGA members find better ways to provide coordinated, high-quality, patient-centered, health care to millions of Americans.

Among the top concerns of the AMGA leaders whom I’ve visited so far are the need for advanced physician leadership, barriers in moving to value-based payments, and physician burnout. I know we can find solutions to these thorny issues together and continue to create better health for our patients and communities. I’d love to hear from you – your thoughts, successes, and challenges. Drop me an email at

- Jerry

Blog Posts

When Measuring Health Care,
Less Is More

July 26, 2018

Through its 14 streamlined value measures, AMGA join CMS’ call to keep health care’s energy and attention focused on patients, rather than computer screens. Read More


Health Beyond Our Four Walls

Health Beyond<br />Our Four Walls

March 16, 2018

Just as much “health care” occurs outside the physician’s office and hospital as inside. Speakers discussed the challenges of transforming the healthcare industry and more at AMGA’s recent Annual Conference. Read More


Budget Act Good News for Chronic Care

Budget Act Good News for Chronic Care

February 13, 2018

How will the reforms in the CHRONIC Care Act impact AMGA members’ patients? Read More

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Out and About


November 14, 2018
This photo with Humana CEO, Bruce Broussard (center) and Prevea CEO, Dr. Ashok Rai, from IQL 2018 meeting, perfectly symbolizes the role AMGA plays as a bridge between payers and providers.

October 15, 2018
Pleased to see all the AMGA staff members who came out for their flu vaccine today! Special thanks to Earlean Chambers who enabled us to offer flu shots from the comfort of our own office.


October 10, 2018
Catching up with members of Ascension Medical Group's leadership team, while on the road in Wisconsin for AMGA's annual board meeting.

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In the News

What I'm Reading

The Skills Doctors and Nurses Need to Be Effective Executives
Sachin H. Jain
Harvard Business Review, April 7, 2018

How to Be a Good Board Chair
Stanislav Shekshnia
Harvard Business Review, March - April, 2018

Physician Resiliency and Wellness for Transforming a Health System
Carl S. Armato, M.B.A., CPA and Tom E. Jenike, M.D.
NEJM Catalyst, May 2, 2018