A call for nominations of medical groups that are following Institute of Medicine guidelines to close their quality chasms went out today from the American Medical Group Association.
The 2004 AMGA Acclaim Award will go to the member group deemed to be most successful in applying the six aims as outlined in the IOM's 2001 report "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century."
"We know that a lot of our medical groups are really embracing the challenge put out by the IOM, and we wanted to honor and reward those efforts," said Clese Erikson, director of research projects at the AMGA. The Alexandria, Va.-based association counts as members 237 medical groups with more than 64,000 physicians in 42 states.
According to the IOM, the new healthcare paradigm calls for care that is 1) safe, 2) effective, 3) efficient, 4) patient-centered, 5) timely, and 6) equitable.
The winning group will receive a crystal award designed for the AMGA by Steuben Glass and a $50,000 grant to continue its healthcare improvement efforts. An additional $20,000 award is set aside for a small to mid-sized group, defined as having less than 150 physicians. Three runners-up will be eligible for $10,000 grants.
The application can be accessed online at amga.org.