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28 June 2012

American Medical Group Association Statement on Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Ruling

Alexandria, Va. - The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) today delivered its initial comments regarding the much anticipated decision from the Supreme Court of the United States on the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"For decades, AMGA members have been leaders in the use of care coordination and evidence-based, team-based medicine, which are the core elements of accountable care.  Our members are distinguished for being innovative and providing patient-centered medical care," said Donald W. Fisher, PhD, CAE, president and chief executive officer of AMGA.  "AMGA and its members will continue to focus on efforts to deliver the right care at the right time for patients, in the most cost-effective manner currently available."

By way of background, AMGA has been instrumental in the development and advancement of commercial and federal accountable care organizations (ACOs), in addition to lobbying aggressively for the provision's inclusion in both the ACA and the Republican alternatives.  And in the regulatory arena, the Association's efforts were instrumental in ensuring that the final federal regulations would help encourage broader receptivity by the physician community.   

Concluding, Dr. Fisher added, "AMGA accepts today's ruling, and we would encourage federal policymakers to remember that delivery system reform is not dependent on any single piece of legislation, but rather the continuing efforts of patient-centered organizations beyond the Beltway that are making healthcare advancements day-in and day-out.  We need to support and foster them, and we remain hopeful that the dialogue can now shift to this necessary debate." 

About AMGA
The American Medical Group Association represents medical groups, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to improve health care for patients by supporting multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care. More than 117,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 110 million patients in 49 states (nearly one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.www.amga.org