AMGA ACO Implementation Collaborative to meet January 26-28.

AMGA ACO Implementation Collaborative to meet January 26-28, 2011 in Scottsdale The American Medical Group Association today announced 16 leading medical groups and organized systems of care that will be taking part in its ACO Implementation Collaborative, scheduled to have its first meeting January 26-28, 2011 at the Westin Kierland Spa and Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. ‘AMGA and its own member medical groups will be the vanguard of health care in America, delivering and developing effective, efficient healthcare to the sufferers they serve,’ stated Donald W . Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, president and ceo at AMGA. ‘For over a decade, AMGA has utilized learning collaboratives to improve organizational overall performance through systematic transformation, and recent reform legislation has inspired members to use the ACO model as an impetus to transform the delivery and funding of care.

To increase transparency, CMS should make details gathered from laboratories in the CLIA program available and easily accessible to the general public and various other regulators. Proficiency screening is a dependence on certification. Whenever a formal proficiency screening program is not available, laboratories must perform and record substitute assessments as directed by CLIA. Some tests may necessitate greater scrutiny, such as those with nontransparent or hidden algorithms, and should be at the mercy of additional review by regulators. All LDTs should be subject to the same oversight mechanisms, and molecular tests shouldn’t be unduly scrutinized.