Collaborative for Performance Excellence (CPX)

Virtual Meeting Summit
July 21-22, 2020

Watch the CPX sessions On-Demand

This virtual meeting experience will focus on “rebuilding” strategies to support AMGA members post the COVID-19 pandemic, utilizing data as the foundation for practical improvement. Over two days, CPX will broadcast educational sessions on financial performance, practice efficiency, telemedicine, total cost of care, leadership through change, and more. The CPX Collaborative builds off of AMGA’s longstanding history of bringing members together around shared learning through benchmarking, and aims to provide you with tactical strategies for performance improvement this July.

For more information, please contact Senait Temesgen at or (703) 838-0033 x 340.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Welcome to our CPX Summit/
Leveraging Data to Operationalize Change in the Medical Group

Orientation host:
Jill Powelson, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., M.B.A., RN, CPC
Vice President, Collaborative for Performance Excellence, AMGA Analytics

Fred Horton, M.H.A.
President, AMGA Consulting

Rose Wagner, R.N., M.H.S.
Chief Operating Officer, AMGA Consulting

Will Holets, M.H.A, M.B.A.
Director, AMGA Consulting

Elizabeth Siemsen
Director, AMGA Consulting

During this session, Dr. Powelson will provide a brief orientation to CPX for first-time attendees, as well as valuable updates about activities and plans for all collaborative participants and guests. Dr. Powelson will also provide an overview of the virtual event with highlights and instructions about what to expect and how to get the most out of each session over the next two half days. Upon conclusion of this orientation, AMGA Consulting will discuss how the use of data is instrumental in operationalizing change within an organization and the greater focus needed today as medical groups find themselves digging out of a financial hole. They will share their insights on sources of data, including benchmarking surveys, and discuss the negative impacts of variation within medical groups. They will go into further detail and provide examples in the areas of provider compensation and productivity alignment, clinic staffing and moving toward value.


12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.



12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Telemedicine – Balancing the New Reality

Diane George, D.O.
Chief Medical Officer, Primary Care, Henry Ford Medical Group

Neeta Goel, M.D.
Medical Director of Quality and Population, Inova Medical Group

Thomas Nantais, M.B.A.
Executive Vice President, Adult Ambulatory Operations, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vaishali Joshi
Senior Data Analyst, AMGA Analytics

John W. Kennedy, M.D.
President AMGA Foundation, Chief Medical Officer, AMGA

This 75 minute session features three AMGA member organizations discussing their recent advancements in telemedicine and their anticipated plans for post-COVID telemedicine practices. Panelists will share strategies to overcoming barriers around provider adoption, patient acceptance, technology and workflow, as well as overall best practices and lessons learned. Panelists will also discuss payer coverage and physician and APP compensation. Further, a new CPX telemedicine utilization benchmark measure will be introduced. Dr. John Kennedy will moderate Q&A with the audience.


2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.



2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Featured Session: Preparing for the Future of COVID-19

Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H.
Johns Hopkins Surgeon and Professor of Health Policy

Advisor Moderator:
Rick Bone, M.D.
Senior Medical Director, Population Health, Advocate Aurora Health

This 75-minute session features Dr. Marty Makary, an advocate for healthcare innovation, who will share his highly sought-after thought leadership on the COVID pandemic and its aftermath and provide practical ways to incorporate lessons learned into practice. Furthermore, he will provide innovative insights on the future of healthcare, discussing how to adjust to the new normal, racial health inequities, and the future of healthcare careers. Drs. Bone and Makary will moderate Q&A with the audience.


3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Day 1 Wrap Up

Jill Powelson, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., M.B.A., RN
CPC, Vice President, Collaborative for Performance Excellence, AMGA Analytics



Wednesday, July 22, 2020


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Featured Session: Post-COVID Surge – the New World Order

David Nash, M.D., M.B.A.
Founding Dean Emeritus, Dr. Raymond C. & Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy, Special Assistant, Jefferson Health

Advisor Moderator:
Beth Averbeck, M.D.
Senior Medical Director, Primary Care, HealthPartners Care Group

This 85 minute session features a “fireside chat” with Dr. David Nash and CPX advisor Dr. Beth Averbeck moderating. They will cover many topics, including total cost of care, value based contracting, population health, and quality. Dr. Nash will discuss the ways in which COVID-19 has changed health care and how organizations can continue to evolve, experiencing positive outcomes in post-COVID times. CPX participants can submit questions for Dr. Nash in advance through a pre-meeting survey. Drs. Averbeck and Nash will also take questions from the audience.


12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.



12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Total Cost of Care and the Value Journey Moving Forward

Discussion Group:
Francis Colangelo, M.D., M.S.-HQS, FACP
Chief Quality Officer, Premier Medical Associates

Diane Slon
Executive Vice President & COO, United Physicians

Michael Weiss, M.P.H.
Director, Value Based Care, Populytics

Nikita Stempniewicz, M.Sc.
Director, Research & Analytics, AMGA Analytics

Abbie Gillen
Population Health Analyst, AMGA Analytics

Advisor Moderator:
Alejandro Reti, M.D., M.B.A.
National Vice President for Clinical Performance, OptumCare

This one-hour session will feature an informative and interactive discussion about the cost of care and specific areas of opportunity within this challenging topic. Prior to the virtual meeting, AMGA is surveying CPX collaborative participants for their ranking of ambulatory care sensitive conditions of greatest importance to them, as well as rating additional specific opportunities for reduction in the cost of care. The survey results will be discussed between the panelists, who will also share their own challenges, wins, and best practices in addressing the cost of care. AMGA staff will provide a drill-down, granular view into one of the opportunities for reduction in the cost of care, illustrating how CPX benchmark data can be used to identify opportunities for cost reduction that align with your organization’s value and risk priorities. A new CPX benchmark for Per Member Per Month cost will be introduced.


1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.



2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Colorectal Cancer Screening and the Impact on Quality Initiatives post COVID

Elizabeth Keane
Chief of Population Health, SIMEDHealth

Karen Kramme, RN, M.B.A., CPHQ
Director of Quality and Care Management, The Iowa Clinic

James T. Rogers, M.D., FACP
Vice President, Adult Primary Care, Mercy Health System

Megan J. Romine, D.O., M.H.A, FACP
Medical Director, UnityPoint Accountable Care

Advisor Moderator:
Jonathan Nasser, M.D.
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer and Medical Director, Crystal Run Healthcare

This 40 minute session revisits the Colorectal Cancer Screening “Baby Shark Tank” activity held during the Winter 2020 CPX meeting in Hollywood, Florida. At that meeting, panelists described their different journeys toward implementing systematic colorectal cancer screening programs, including interventions, quality assets and liabilities. They received guidance from “shark tank” groups comprised of peers. In July, the original panelists will share their adaptive plans to refocus on colorectal cancer screening post-COVID. The panelists will discuss what they are changing going forward, including newly evolving best practices, to get colorectal cancer screening back on track.


2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

CPX Advisory Panel: Key Takeaways

Beth Averbeck, M.D.,
Senior Medical Director, Primary Care, HealthPartners Care Group

Jeff James, M.B.A., CPA
Chief Executive Officer, Wilmington Health

Rick Bone, M.D.
Senior Medical Director, Population Health, Advocate Aurora Health

Jonathan Nasser, M.D.
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer and Medical Director, Crystal Run Healthcare

Alejandro Reti, M.D., M.B.A.
National Vice President for Clinical Performance, OptumCare

CPX advisors will lead this interactive session by sharing highlights and the most compelling takeaways from throughout the 2-day meeting. They will also moderate a valuable “refresher and recap” discussion with the audience. This session will help to cement learnings and reinforce the actionable next steps which attendees can implement following the meeting. Activities like this are always one of the favorites for AMGA collaborative meeting attendees, as they aid in crystallizing “What will I do with this new information?”


3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Featured Session & Closing Remarks: Where Do We Go from Here?

Grace Terrell, M.D., M.M.M.
Chief Executive Officer, Eventus WholeHealth
Chair, AMGA Board of Directors

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

This 30-minute session features Dr. Grace Terrell, Chair of AMGA’s Board of Directors, with her “of the moment” unique leadership perspective and vision about the future of healthcare. As groups are working through the COVID crisis, the fear and anger related to police brutality, discrimination, and racism, as well as the ongoing challenge of health disparities, Dr. Terrell will present a timely, inspirational and forward-looking talk to help groups prepare successfully for the future. This session will also include an introduction by Dr. Jerry Penso, CEO of AMGA.