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24 September 2012

AMGA IQL Conference to Explore Successful Models of Accountable Care
Nation's Preeminent Healthcare Provider Organizations Offer Current Examples of Value-based Care

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) is convening more than 600 participants, representing the leaders of the nation's preeminent healthcare provider organizations, at the IQL 2012 Annual Conference, October 3 - 5 at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Conference Center in National Harbor, MD. This year's annual meeting of the association's Institute for Quality Leadership (IQL) explores successful models of accountable care including the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the ACO Pioneer program, and various commercial insurance models.

Under the theme "Routes to Tomorrow's Health Care: Successful Models of Accountable Care," the conference will show that America's future healthcare model is already in place at a number of AMGA groups.  Leaders from these innovative groups will present successful routes they have taken to transition from volume-based care to value-based, accountable care models and will provide you with tangible tools to aid your group in becoming a high-performing health system.

"These groups are committed to reforming our healthcare delivery system," said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, AMGA president and chief executive officer. "This meeting reveals the way many groups are forging ahead to create a health system that delivers real quality and value to patients. While others may doubt that ACOs will live up to their promise, these groups are redefining what it means to be a high-performing health system and showing that coordination of care improves quality, bends the cost curve, and delivers value."

The conference is an educational and networking event hosted by AMGA's Institute for Quality Leadership (IQL), devoted to improving the quality of care delivered in the U.S. healthcare system through the advancement of knowledge and the education of healthcare professionals.

In addition to the leadership of medical groups, a host of healthcare vendors are exhibiting at the conference, and many provided educational grants to support the conference. For a full list of contributors, click here.

Routes to Tomorrow's Health Care
The opening plenary session will frame the meeting with a discussion of the current state of accountable care, alternate routes to becoming an ACO, the evolution of value-based care, and the role of technology and data analytics in creating a truly patient-centered healthcare system. Featured speaker Dr. Daniel Kraft, a physician-scientist, inventor, and innovator with over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research, and healthcare innovation, will discuss developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and health care, as well as connected, data-driven, and integrated personalized medicine.

The second general session will demonstrate that America's future healthcare model is already in place at a number of AMGA groups that are transitioning from volume-based care to value-based, accountable care models. A panel of providers, payers, and CMS representatives will discuss their ACO models including the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned to help other medical groups that are forming these partnerships.

The conference will close with a presentation of up-to-date information and discussion on each political party's platform on healthcare reform from two of the top political analysts in broadcasting, Mark Shields and Tucker Carlson.  

Breakout session presentations will feature leaders from the following AMGA members: Advocate Physician Partners, Aurora Medical Group, Carillion Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Crystal Run Healthcare, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Clinic, Fairview Physician Associates, Geisinger Health System, Group Health Physicians, HealthPartners, Kaiser Permanente, PriMed Physicians, and WESTMED Medical Group.

Acclaim Award Presentation
AMGA also will present the 2012 AMGA Acclaim Award to HealthPartners for "Triple Aim 2.0: Designing Culture to Support Better Health, Better Experience at a Lower Cost," an inventive and patient-centered approach to align the Institute of Medicine's Aims to identify and drive performance improvement, innovation, and culture throughout the organization. The award is granted through AMGA's philanthropic arm, the American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF).

In the award-winning initiative, HealthPartners exhibited, through the alignment with the Institute of Medicine's Six Aims, that they have built a culture that supports innovation and improvement through a process of proactively identifying improvement opportunities. The organization began this journey by identifying priorities using internal and external quality benchmarks, experience outcome measures, utilization metrics, and total cost metrics. The implementation plan was devised by a team who structures innovation around the organization's design principles of reliability, customization, access, and coordination. This proactive, intentional work has led to great results in the organization. By transparently sharing health, experience, and cost metrics, HealthPartners has led innovation that has positively impacted health care for every patient in their community. HealthPartners has developed an approach and culture to improve both clinical quality and patient satisfaction in ways that engage employees in the process, making the organization a great place to work and a great place for patients to receive care.

TThree additional groups will be named as Acclaim Award Honorees:

  • HealthTexas Provider Network: Transforming Healthcare Delivery Through Patient-Centered, Value-Based, Quality Care
  • North Texas Specialty Physicians: Stepping Beyond EMRs to Advance Care and Increase Savings
  • TriHealth: Patient-Centered Medical Home and Clinical Data Warehouse: Shifting the Paradigm Toward Population Health

Complimentary press passes are available for qualified media outlets. For more information on the American Medical Group Association/a>'s IQL 2012 Annual Conference, visit

The American Medical Group Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the AMGA. As a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization, its mission is to foster quality improvement in group practice through education and research programs in clinical quality, patient safety, service, operational efficiency, and innovation. In addition to research and demonstration projects, the Foundation helps support learning collaboratives and presents educational grants and awards to medical groups that demonstrate improvements in practice, quality, and patient care.

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 125,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 130 million patients (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.