Newswise — ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Medical Group Association today announced the appointment of Scott Hines, M.D., as Chair of the AMGA Public Policy Committee. Dr. Hines serves as Chief Quality Officer and Medical Director of Crystal Run Healthcare’s medical specialties division in Middletown, New York.

Dr. Hines is board certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest University, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and completed his Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

AGMA’s Public Policy Committee sets the advocacy and policy agenda for AMGA and works closely with AMGA to advocate for priority issues affecting medical groups; promote policymakers' and lawmakers' awareness of the advantages of practicing in a multispecialty medical group; represent members' interests in related associations and coalitions; and inform and advise members regarding implementation of, and compliance with, enacted and proposed legislation and regulation.

“Dr. Hines has a proven track record of advocacy for medical groups and providing valuable insight on healthcare policy issues,” said Chet Speed, AMGA’s Vice President for Public Policy. “Dr. Hines is a practicing physician, so he is attuned to the needs of patients and their families. In his role as Chief Quality Officer and Medical Director at Crystal Run Healthcare, he also understands the many challenges in transitioning to a value-based healthcare system. We look forward to his leadership of the Public Policy Committee.”

About AMGAThe American Medical Group Association (AMGA) represents some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, accountable care organizations, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to support its members in enhancing population health and care for patients through integrated systems of care. More than 170,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 120 million patients (approximately one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.