Phytel Selected for New AMGA ACO Development Collaborative

Population Health Management Leader Offers Value of Automated, Coordinated Care in the ACO Model

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Phytel ( announced today that it will be participating as a sponsor in the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) ACO Initiative, which kicks off with the first meeting of the AMGA ACO Development Collaborative, October 1 in Hollywood, Florida. AMGA is uniquely positioned to provide a framework for evolution toward an accountable care organization (ACO), not only because it was instrumental in crafting the legislative language establishing ACOs, but also because its membership includes many of the leading high-performing, healthcare delivery systems in the nation that will likely serve as models for ACOs.

"The ACO Development Collaborative is part of AMGA’s initiative to promote accountability and value in healthcare,” said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, president and CEO of AMGA. “For more than a decade, AMGA has used learning collaboratives to improve organizational performance through systematic change, and recent reform legislation has inspired members to use the ACO model as an impetus to transform the delivery and financing of care. Phytel’s expertise in population health will be invaluable to our ACO Initiative and particularly the Development Collaborative, where they will be able to offer strategies to implement, measure and improve quality outcomes. This will help transform our member organizations from early adopters into successful ACOs, and document best practices for future adopters."

One of the key underlying tenants of an ACO is population health management. An effective ACO must not only deliver quality care to its patients, but must also manage the population by engaging patients who do not have regular contact with their healthcare providers. Phytel’s innovative population health solutions optimize the value of the physician-patient encounter and ensure a more proactive model of care that improves quality and lowers costs. By reaching out and identifying patients who need to see their physicians for a test, procedure or follow-up, Phytel coordinates care management, assesses a patient population and tracks the results of the care team’s outreach efforts.

“On behalf of Phytel, I am honored to be on the ground floor of this prestigious initiative. The AMGA has created a unique opportunity to collaborate with leaders of AMGA’s member medical groups as the ACO model continues to take shape,” said Steve Schelhammer, CEO of Phytel. “Phytel will help AMGA members develop efficient and effective strategies for coordinating care through automation – improving quality while controlling healthcare costs within an ACO framework.”

ACOs will need not only EHRs, but also supplemental technologies that automate the work of monitoring, educating and maintaining contact with the patient population. These tools, which are intended to be used with EHRs, include electronic registries; advanced quality reporting that can stratify a population by health status; multiple outreach and intervention methods; and health risk assessments that trigger personalized, self-management programs for patients.

Automated population health management tools ensure that the routine, repetitive work of managing population health is automated, freeing up the care team to focus on patient care.

More than twenty leading medical groups and organized systems of care will be participating in the AMGA ACO Development Collaborative. Other confirmed sponsors of this new initiative are Abbott, Bosch Healthcare, Daiichi Sankyo, OptumHealth, Ortho-McNeil, Premera Blue Cross, sanofi-aventis and VHA Inc.

About Phytel

The premier company empowering physician-led health improvement, Phytel provides physicians with automation technology to deliver timely, coordinated care to their patients and improve health. Phytel’s state-of-the-art registry, which encompasses 15 million patients nationwide, uses evidence-based chronic and preventive care protocols to identify and notify patients due for service, while tracking compliance and measuring quality and financial results. Phytel also provides automated PQRI reporting and enhanced pay-for-performance quality data reporting, as well as assists with qualification for NCQA’s patient-centered medical home. For more information, please visit Follow us on Twitter at Find us on Facebook at

About AMGA

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) represents medical groups and organized systems of care, including some of the nation’s largest, most prestigious integrated healthcare delivery systems.

More than 110,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 106 million patients in 49 states (nearly 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.


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