Newswise — SAN DIEGO, CA—The American Medical Group Association is convening more than 2,000 participants, representing the nation’s leading healthcare provider organizations, at its 2012 Annual Conference, March 8-10 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The conference is setting attendance records for this dynamic, cutting-edge gathering, which has become the gold standard for leadership conferences in health care, primarily because of the caliber of presenting faculty and attending healthcare professionals. The conference provides one place to get a comprehensive view of what high-performing healthcare organizations are doing to confront today’s challenges―whether it’s coordinating care processes, clinically integrating, aligning physicians, refining your governance and structure, or using technology to provide meaningful outcomes.

The conference will be attended by the C-Suite―including CEO, CAOs, CIOs, medical directors, physician board members, etc.―from large multispecialty medical groups, IPAs, integrated healthcare delivery systems, academic faculty practices, and accountable care organizations (ACOs). AMGA has designed this conference to broaden leaders’ strategic thinking and prepare them to meet the challenges of the new age of healthcare reform and the role they will play in leading the transformation of care delivery in this country. The program includes a very special lineup of keynote speakers, who will motivate and inspire attendees to achieve powerful leadership and transform their organization for future success.

“Each year this conference keeps getting bigger. It is a testament to the fact that this is the only national conference dedicated to the issues faced by the leaders of multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care,” said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, AMGA’s president and chief executive officer. “The strength of the program and the brilliant faculty from our member groups presenting in our peer-to-peer breakout sessions attract the best and brightest in health care. AMGA is honored to be the host and facilitator of this event, and we will continue to provide strong educational programming and benefits and services to help our members become successful organizations, delivering the highest quality care to their patients.”

A special lineup of keynote speakers this year will be featured this year. Morten Hansen, author and professor at UC Berkeley School of Information and INSEAD, will discuss how to achieve positive collaborative relationships in the industry, presenting key goals and how to avoid pitfalls. The Smithsonian Institute’s John Hasse, Ph.D., will present on improvisational leadership and how to lead while remaining flexible to the changes in your environment. Farzad Mostashari, M.D., M.Sc., national coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak on Meaningful Use requirements. The closing speaker will be a special guest, Dave deBronkart, who will share how he went from being a patient battling stage IV cancer to a patient advocate, with a mission to teach providers how to actively engage patients in their own care.

In addition to these dynamic keynote speakers, the conference will offer 42 peer-to-peer breakout sessions in which leaders from the nation’s top healthcare organizations share their insights and tactics for confronting the challenges they face in today’s volatile healthcare environment. The rich content of these sessions will provide every member of the leadership team with tangible strategies and tools to bring back and use in daily operations. Presenting Organizations presenting in different tracks related to healthcare leadership include:

Leadership and GovernanceCentral Maine Healthcare, Central Maine Medical Group, Cleveland Clinic, DuPage Medical Group, Hartford Clinical Associates, Holzer Clinic, The Iowa Clinic, Mercy Clinic, Scripps Clinic, Vanderbilt Medical Group

Information TechnologyAtrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Geisinger Health System, Gould Medical Group, Prevea Health, Sutter Health, WESTMED Medical Group

Practice ManagementAdvocate Medical Group, Aurora Medical Group, Franciscan Medical Group, HealthTexas Provider Network, Intermountain Medical Group, Mount Kisco Medical Group, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, PeaceHealth Medical Group, ThedaCare, Inc., Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Care Process ImprovementAdvocate Physician Partners, Cleveland Clinic, Cornerstone Health Care, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Henry Ford Medical Group, Intermountain Healthcare, Mayo Clinic, North Texas Specialty Physicians, Orlando Internal Medicine, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Park Nicollet Health Services, PriMed Physicians, Quincy Medical Group, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, St. John’s Health System

Further, ample time will be dedicated to networking at the AMGA 2011 Annual Conference so that attendees can interact with peers in the medical group community, as well as top leaders from other organized systems of care. The exhibit hall will host leading healthcare vendors and supporters whose products and services will be crucial to healthcare delivery organizations’ future success. Pre-conference activities include extended networking and idea exchanges at the information-packed Leadership Council meetings and AMGA’s annual golf tournament. In addition to the leadership of medical groups, a host of healthcare vendors and supporters, whose products and services will be crucial to healthcare delivery organizations’ future success, provided educational grants to support the conference. For a full list of contributors, visit

About AMGAThe American Medical Group Association represents medical groups, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to improve health care for patients by supporting multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care. More than 125,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 130 million patients in 49 states (more than 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.