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12 November 2014

Preeminent Healthcare Provider Organizations Share Strategies for Managing Risk and Populations
AMGA IQL Conference Highlights Succeeding in Value-based Care

New Orleans, LA -The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) is convening more than 500 participants, representing the leaders of the nation's preeminent healthcare provider organizations, at the Institute for Quality Leadership 2014 Annual Conference (IQL 2014), November 12- 14 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Under the theme “Managing Risk, Managing Populations,” IQL 2014 will explore the critical competencies required of high-performing health systems with a specific focus on managing risk and managing populations.  Leaders from the nation’s foremost healthcare organizations that are making the shift to value-based reimbursement will share strategies for thriving in this dynamic environment.

IQL2014 also will feature provocative plenary sessions. To open the conference on Thursday, Craig Samitt, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer, HealthCare Partners, will share his experience over the years as CEO of several pioneering value-based integrated delivery systems, and the innovations he predicts will drive a broader transformation of the US health system. Then James C. Robinson, PhD, MPH, Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics and chair, Berkeley Center for Health Technology, School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management, will discuss how consumer cost-sharing can impact our healthcare system.

On Friday, David Nash, MD, MBA, founding dean, Jefferson School of Population Health, will take a look at the future of patient care – where tools and technology will allow medical groups to provide the best, most cost-efficient care possible, while measuring outcomes which allow them to receive compensation for the improvement in our patient’s care. To close the conference, Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, director, IBM Global Healthcare Transformation, known as the "Godfather" of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, a member of the Institute of Medicine and recipient of the 2012 National Committee for Quality Assurance Quality Award, will discuss how technology and data can propel s medical group’s success with population management.

At IQL2014, leaders from some of AMGA’s most prestigious members will share innovative strategies and ground-breaking processes that are enabling them to succeed in Medicare advantage and value-based health care. Topic areas will include managing risk, improving quality of care, leading through change, and using technology to enhance population health.  Featured AMGA members include:

  • Atrius Health
  • Aurora Health Care
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Confluence Health
  • Holston Medical Group
  • Memorial Hermann ACO
  • Mercy Medical Group (CA)
  • Ochsner Health System
  • Sutter Health

"These groups are committed to reforming our healthcare delivery system," said Donald W. Fisher, PhD, 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. We are excited to hear how these groups are redefining what it means to be a high-performing health system."

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 will exhibit at the conference, and many provided educational grants to support the conference. For a full list of contributors, click here.

Acclaim Award Presentation
AMGA will also present the 2014 AMGA Acclaim Award to Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group for The Reality of Becoming a High-Performing Health System™, which detailed their transformation to a team-based, accountable delivery system that continuously improves the quality of care, patient experience, and overall cost-effectiveness.   Two additional groups will be named as Acclaim Award Honorees: HealthTexas Provider Network and Wellmont Medical Associates.

AMGA's prestigious Acclaim Award honors organizations that are meeting the IOM Aims for Improvement and are taking the necessary steps to become a high-performing health system as defined by the AMGA. The award highlights the continued research and investigation toward finding the finest models of medical management, coordination of care delivery, and a systemic approach to improving the patient experience. The recipient of the award receives a Steuben-designed Crystal, produced specifically for the award, as well as national recognition. Honorees also are recognized and receive crystal awards.

About AMGF
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.

About AMGA
The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) represents some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, accountable care organizations, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to support its members in enhancing population health and care for patients through integrated systems of care. More than 150,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 120 million patients (approximately 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