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Three Additional Groups Honored for Progress in Achieving IOM Aims CHICAGO, Ill. –The American Medical Group Association presented the annual AMGA Acclaim Award to Luther Midelfort – Mayo Health System at AMGA’s Institute for Quality Leadership, held September 12-14, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. The Acclaim Award, now in its seventh year, recognizes excellence in quality improvement efforts – led by physician-directed organizations – that measurably improve health outcomes and quality of life for patient populations. In addition to the recipient, three other medical groups were honored at the event. Since 2004, the applicant criteria have been structured around the six Institute of Medicine (IOM) Aims for the 21st Century and place a heavy emphasis on leadership involvement. Applicants are asked to measurably demonstrate progress toward achieving the six aims and transforming their organizations to provide health care that is (1) safe, (2) effective, (3) patient-centered, (4) timely, (5) efficient, and (6) equitable. AMGA looks for medical groups that have gone beyond “quality projects” by embracing the six IOM Aims and using them to make system-wide changes to build a better way of providing care. The award is granted through AMGA’s philanthropic arm, the American Medical Group Foundation, and applicants are evaluated in a blinded review process conducted by nationally recognized leaders in health care quality. The recipient receives a $50,000 educational grant and a Steuben Crystal which is produced specifically for the award. Three honorees each receive a $10,000 educational grant. The 2005 Acclaim Award was presented to Luther Midelfort – Mayo Health System for “Planned Care for Chronic Disease.” Luther Midelfort’s system is modeled after the work of Edward H. Wagner, MD, MPH, FACP, the developer of the Chronic Care Model and the national program director, Improving Chronic Illness Care (ICIC) funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. But, it contains numerous innovations that translate theory into practical changes in clinical practice patterns and optimize clinical outcomes. Specific clinical tools were developed to promote patient self-management, goal setting, and teaching. Other innovations, such as the DocSite Visit Planner, enabled standardization and tracking of provider practice patterns and enhanced compliance with nationally endorsed guidelines. Luther Midelfort was also an Acclaim Award honoree in 2000 and 2004. The three honorees were Virginia Mason Medical Center (VM) for its program “Design with the Patient In Mind: Establishment of a Cancer Care Institute via Principles of the Toyota Production System,” which directly applied principles from Toyota’s world-class Toyota Production System to speed progress toward the IOM Aims and ultimately improve the delivery of care for cancer patients (VM was also an honoree in 2003); Providence Medical Group for “Combining Quality, Research and Technology in the Pursuit of the IOM Aims,” in which they developed an innovative Web-based software that enables more efficient and effective population-based approaches to prevention and management of chronic conditions; and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation for “Transforming the 21st Century Model of Medical Practice: The Design and Implementation of a Comprehensive Electronic Medical Record System and Associated eServices in a Major Medical Group Practice,” in which they implemented an ambulatory electronic medical record (EMR) across 14 sites, through which over 2.5 million annual outpatient visits are managed by the clinic and their patients have access to portions of their own electronic medical record, as well as other eHealth services that are not only convenient, but serve to facilitate care participation. . “The projects honored represent a monumental leap forward in quality improvement,” said Donald W. Fisher, PhD, AMGA’s President and CEO. “We salute the dedication of the organizations’ leadership and the healthcare providers in reducing variation, making the ambulatory environment safer and more patient-centric, and empowering patients to take control of their care. The groups honored with this award exemplify the best quality health care in the United States, and programs like the Acclaim Award help these groups continue their innovative work and communicate their successes to the health care community to better serve their patients. It is our hope that medical groups throughout the country will learn about the work of these innovators and be inspired to implement similar programs in their medical groups.” 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. AMGA is an association that represents medical groups, including some of the nation’s largest, most prestigious integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA advocates for the multispecialty medical group model of healthcare delivery and for the patients served by medical groups through innovation and information sharing, benchmarking, leadership development, and continuous striving to improve patient care. The members of AMGA deliver health care to more than 50 million patients in 42 states, including 15 million capitated lives. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for medical groups providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs and publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance. Contact: Julie Sanderson-Austin (703) 838-0033, ext. 356 jsanderson-austin@amga.org
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