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 has been quite active in 2019, bringing valuable public policy advocacy, educational opportunities, and innovative programs to our members. With control of the House of Representatives changing hands this year, AMGA's public policy team has been hard at work solidifying relationships with key congressional leaders. AMGA Foundation extended its successful Diabetes: Together 2 Goal campaign for two additional years, to improve care quality for even more patients. AMGA Analytics launched its new Collaborative for Performance ExcellenceSM which focuses on total cost of care, practice efficiency, high-risk patients, and service quality. Our 2019 Annual Conference and 2019 Institute for Quality Leadership provided excellent peer-to-peer learning opportunities to advance our member's organizational performance.

With 2020 right around the corner, I urge you to consider participating in AMGA’s programs, conferences, leadership councils, webinars, and quality improvement collaboratives in the coming year. We need you to contribute your ideas and help us create the solutions you need. AMGA is dedicated to your success, and I am confident that together we will transform health care and make our model of care pre-eminent in the nation.

I’d love to hear from you – your thoughts, successes, and challenges. Drop me an email at

- Jerry

Blog Posts & Feature Articles

For Medicare Patients
With Chronic Diseases,
Cost-Sharing Is a Barrier


September 26, 2019

Dr. Penso explains the benefit of oft-underutilized CCM services, and proposes one strategy for increasing utilization. Read More


Top 3 Concerns at
Healthcare Providers: 
Q&A With AMGA Chief


February 13, 2019

During his first year as AMGA CEO, Dr. Penso traveled across the country to visit AMGA members, so he could listen to their biggest concerns. Here is what he learned. Read More


Five Health Care Trends 
to Watch in 2019


January 02, 2019

AMGA will be closely monitoring these five trends in 2019. Read More


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Out and About


October 30, 2019
I was honored to speak at the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention's 17th Annual Meeting, "Catalyst for Collaboration." Reaching cardiovascular health goals is hard work and will require collaboration across sectors.

October 3, 2019
I joined Ernesto Gluecksmann as a guest on his podcast, Through the Noisewhere we discussed AMGA's role as an association, including its mission and a profile of the members we serve.


September 27, 2019
IQL19 kicked off with a keynote session from Sutter Health Chief Innovation Officer, Chris Waugh, who shared with attendees, the strategies he uses to foster a culture of innovative thinking among his staff.


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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