American Medical Group Association Collaborates with Phytel to Enhance Quality of Care and Clinical Excellence

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sep 23, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and Phytel, the national leader in automated patient care management, today announced a collaboration aimed at helping physicians proactively manage preventive health and disease management protocols. This collaboration makes Phytel the newest member of the AMGA Value-Added Services Program and provides AMGA members with access to the company’s Proactive Patient Outreach technology at preferred pricing.

The AMGA Value-Added Services Programis designed to facilitate members’ efforts to improve their business operations and bottom line through innovative programs, discounts, and ready access to ancillary service providers. The Phytel Proactive Patient Outreach solution improves care coordination by automating the follow-up process for a practice’s patient population, specifically patients with chronic conditions and those in need of preventive care services.

AMGA made the decision to collaborate with Phytel following the completion of a market research program engagement that was executed to test the level of AMGA members’ interest in Phytel’s technology. The research found that existing Phytel customers who were also AMGA members had demonstrated compelling results in quality and financial measures. In addition, member feedback indicated that the solution offered value in advancing patient-centered care, following evidence-based guidelines, enhancing quality and efficiency, improving outcomes, systematic monitoring of patient compliance, and automating the care management process.

“This service will enable AMGA members to better coordinate care for their patients and engage their patients in actively improving their health status by complying with recommendations and keeping up-to-date with health services,” said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, president and chief executive officer of AMGA. “By addressing these patient needs, the groups will be able to not only better serve their patients, but also add to their bottom line through participation in pay-for-performance reimbursement programs.”

“We are pleased to partner with AMGA, an organization that embraces a shared vision of leveraging technology to support physicians in their efforts to enhance ongoing quality care for their patients,” says Steve Schelhammer, CEO of Phytel. “The alignment of core values makes this collaboration a perfect fit.”

The Phytel Proactive Patient Outreach solution aggregates information from practice management systems, electronic medical records, hospital information systems, and other available data sources to create a Phytel registry for the practice or organization. Phytel applies evidence-based disease management and preventive care protocols against the registry data to determine which patients are due for care. Identified patients are then notified through automated outreach messaging. Proactive Patient Outreach also enables practices to track a patient’s responses and monitor compliance.

About Phytel, Inc.

Phytel was founded in 1996 to enable physicians to proactively transform patient care. Its unique services improve revenue and efficiency by actively implementing quality standards both inside and outside the practice walls, while strengthening the physician-patient relationship. Phytel’s state-of-the-art registry uses evidence-based disease management and preventive care protocols to identify patients who are due for service. Phytel automatically notifies patients of needed healthcare actions and tracks patients for compliance, while measuring quality and financial results. Phytel contractually guarantees program results within 60 days of implementation.

About AMGA

The American Medical Group Association represents medical groups, including some of the nation’s largest, most prestigious organized systems of care. AMGA advocates for multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care, and for the patients served by these systems, by continuously striving to improve patient care through innovation, information sharing, benchmarking, the creation of sound public policy, and leadership development. The members of AMGA deliver health care to more than 80 million patients in 47 states, including 15 million capitated lives. The average AMGA member group has 275 physicians and 18 satellite locations. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for medical groups, providing a comprehensive package of benefits including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.

SOURCE: Phytel, Inc.

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