The American Medical Group Association has dissolved all ties with the Medical Quality Commission, an accreditation organization started by the AMGA's predecessor, the Unified Medical Group Association.
The move, which occurred earlier this month, is meant to reinforce the commission's independence from the trade association, said Alan R. Zwerner, M.D., the commission's president and chief executive officer. Previously, the commission's board was appointed by the AMGA, although operations were separate.
Also, the Seal Beach, Calif.-based Medical Quality Commission recently signed a one-year interim agreement with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations to coordinate the survey and evaluation of physician groups.
Under the agreement, the commission's accreditation will be accepted for the physician group component of healthcare networks applying for JCAHO accreditation.