AMGA Virtual Annual Conference Set for April 20-22; Keynoters Include Zubin Damania, David Feinberg, Toyin Ajayi, Peter Diamandis, David Nash

Alexandria, VA – AMGA will host leaders from the nation’s top performing medical groups at its 2021 Annual Conference (AC21), April 20-22, 2021. The virtual event will focus on common challenges medical groups are facing moving beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and strategies AMGA members are using to confront them. In addition, many sessions will explore the ways COVID-19 has systemically changed healthcare delivery in the U.S. and will offer strategies to adjust business models, leadership, and culture.  

The AC21 agenda features healthcare organizations that have made seismic changes since the outbreak, and each day speakers address a different theme—Innovations in Health Care, Patient Care and Experience, and Organizational Resiliency.  

The six keynote speakers for AMGA’s 2021 Annual Conference will be Zubin “ZDoggMD” Damania, M.D., David Feinberg, M.D., Toyin Ajayi, M.D., Peter Diamandis, M.D., David Nash, M.D., M.B.A., and a national vaccine expert.

Zubin “ZDogg” Damania, M.D., is the founder of Turntable Health and host of The ZDoggMD Show. During his session, Damania will use a unique blend of hip-hop, humor, and creative storytelling to explain how provider groups are learning how to let go of antiquated, inefficient care processes that ultimately harm the mental health of care teams and their patients in order to create an environment where patients come first and healthcare providers are not plagued by burnout.

David Feinberg, M.D., is head of Google Health and former CEO of Geisinger Health. Feinberg’s session will give audience members an inside look at how Google Health incorporates consumer demand into its business model and will share the perspective of a physician and tech worker on how health systems and technology companies can join forces to improve lives through the use of data and artificial intelligence to support clinicians, power research, and help improve patient outcomes.

Toyin Ajayi, M.D., is founder and chief health officer of CityBlock Health. Her session will focus on CityBlock’s model of community connectedness, which utilizes social technology to address a community’s prevalence of unmet care needs and enable traditional healthcare provider organizations to more easily tap into resources within their community.

Peter Diamandis, M.D., is co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University and founder and executive chairman of XPRIZE Foundation. He will explain the driving forces behind big tech's disruptive entrance into the healthcare industry and how the six D's—Digitization, Deception, Disruption, Dematerialization, Demonetization, and Democratization—will impact healthcare products and services going forward.

David Nash, M.D., M.B.A., is founding dean emeritus of Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson College of Population Health. Nash’s presentation will focus on the role of population health in reducing healthcare disparities.

The conference also will feature a keynote from a national vaccination leader, who will present broad strategies for immunizing the U.S. population against COVID-19 and all other diseases for which a vaccine exists.

These plenary session speakers will join more than 31other leaders from the nation’s preeminent medical groups and health systems presenting in 17 sessions, where they will share their groundbreaking strategies and innovations. Topics covered in sessions include:

  • Digital health and telemedicine
  • The epidemiological application of artificial intelligence
  • Addressing healthcare inequalities
  • Restoring and maintaining patients’ trust in providers
  • Leadership models that empower advance practice providers
  • Lessening the role of compensation in physician recruitment
  • The future of value-based care
  • Addressing workforce shortages
  • Provider burnout

 “The impact of COVID-19 on our nation, communities, and lives is still unfolding, but it is clear that innovations in health care have been accelerated,” said Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., AMGA president and CEO. “Determining which innovations will become permanent, how to adjust business models, and many more issues could require tremendous effort if done alone. We’re proud to offer the leaders of our nation’s medical groups a forum where they can come together, share what they’ve learned, and advance meaningful change in the way health care is delivered.”

AC21 will be held virtually, but press passes are available. If interested, please contact Matt Clarke via email or by phone at 301.467.7332.


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AMGA is a trade association leading the transformation of health care in America. Representing multispecialty medical groups and integrated systems of care, we advocate, educate, innovate and empower our members to deliver the next level of high performance health. AMGA is the national voice promoting awareness of medical groups’ recognized excellence in the delivery of coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. More than 175,000 physicians practice in our member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans.


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