The American Medical Group Association has rolled out a high-tech distance-learning tool that will allow its members to help train future leaders and access information on everything from patient-satisfaction tools to billing and coding requirements.
The new "Knowledge Network," which AMGA officials are billing as an online university, will provide subscribers with enrollment in a variety of professional-development programs from their own computers. Courses can be customized for any of the approximately 260 medical groups that make up the Alexandria, Va.-based trade association.
Officials said the e-learning university will develop courses focusing on HIPAA privacy and an array of other regulatory issues; billing and compliance; quality improvement; and patient safety. The online network, which is being established in partnership with Health Professor, was announced at the AMGA's annual conference this week in Los Angeles.
"One of the missions of AMGA is to promote leadership development among our members, and (the online network) answers many members' needs for cost-effective, time-sensitive educational tools," said Don Fisher, the group's president and chief executive officer. "By participating in (the online network), members can have access to an online resource and tailor training to their organizational needs and the needs of their staff."