Sharon Grace
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October 31, 2016

AMGA Sees Opportunities for Advanced Alternative Payment Models in State Innovation Model Development, Cautions Push to Standardize Treatment Practices

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The following statement can be attributed to AMGA President and Chief Executive Officer Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE in response to the comments AMGA submitted Friday to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Request for Information on the State Innovation Model (SIM) Concepts.

“The SIM program provides an opportunity to foster participation in Alternative Payment Models, particularly as large employers are working directly with providers to improve quality and reduce costs.  We encourage CMS to use the SIM program to explore how to integrate primary care with other care needs, such as social support services. 

In testing these models, CMS should be cautious not to dictate practice-specific clinical interventions in an effort to further standardize care. The best treatment plans build on our body of clinical knowledge and apply it to each unique patient’s needs.”

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, 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 170,000 physicians practice in our member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans. For more information, visit