More than 2,000 Healthcare Leaders Gather at AMGA 2018 Annual Conference

Alexandria, VA – More than 2,000 attendees gathered at AMGA’s 2018 Annual Conference held last week, March 7-10, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix.

Leaders from 290 medical groups and integrated systems of care around the country came together to share best practices, challenges, and strategies for success in the shifting healthcare field. Attendees addressed the most important issues in the industry: increasing physician resiliency in response to high rates of burnout, improving safety of opioid prescribing, transitioning to value-based payment models, and much more.

“The energy, ideas, and inspiration created as individuals from high-performing health systems from all across the nation come together under one roof at AMGA’s annual conference are exhilarating,” said  Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., AMGA’s president and chief executive officer. “The quality, depth, and breadth of presentations clearly indicate AMGA members are truly transforming health care. We may be working at organizations of different sizes, in different time zones, but we are unified for a better care delivery system that improves health for all patients.”

In over 100 educational sessions, presenters at the conference shared best practices and case studies for addressing critical issues such as physician burnout, opioid addiction, virtual care, innovations in care redesign, leadership, and new payment models, providing an opportunity for leaders to network and learn from their peers. AMGA also convened more than 500 individuals for its Leadership Council meetings, including two of its newest councils for women in leadership and emerging leaders.

"We are extremely pleased with the continued growth in our Women in Leadership Council, which has tripled in size in just three meetings,” said Dr. Penso. “We are also enthusiastic about the launch of our Emerging Leaders Council, which is garnering great feedback from participating members, as well as our current C-suite leaders, who recognize the need for and value in having their future leaders make contacts and gain leadership skills to help them in their careers."

Over 25 awards were presented at the conference for outstanding quality work, support of AMGA Foundation, and corporate sponsorship. The 2018 Acclaim Award, AMGA’s highest award, was presented to CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic on March 9 for their successes in improving the value of health care.

Next year’s AMGA Annual Conference will be held March 27-30, 2019, in National Harbor, Maryland (Washington, D.C. metro area).


About AMGA
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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