The American Medical Group Association has formalized its definition of what makes a “high-performing health system” as a way to codify where to direct financial and regulatory support.
AMGA defines high-performing health system
The group introduced the definition this week at its Institute for Quality Leadership conference in National Harbor, Md.
“As health reform continues in the public and private sectors across the nation, we've seen a lot of confusion about what constitutes a 'high-performing health system,' and why these systems should be incentivized,” said Donald Fisher, the group's president and CEO, in a news release. “It is our hope that this definition will prove foundational to providing high-performing health systems with greater financial and regulatory predictability and patients with higher quality care at a lower cost.”
The AGMA lists six benchmarks that define a “high-performing health system.” They include quality measurement and improvement activities, team-based collaboration, meaningful use of information technology, a compensation structure that encourages clinicians to improve health outcomes, shared accountability for managing healthcare costs and physicians playing a key role in clinical and nonclinical functions.
“We believe that provider entities can use these attributes as goals for operational and quality improvement,” Fisher added in the release. “We hope our colleagues on Capitol Hill and at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will use this definition to ensure that these providers are recognized for their efforts.”
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