The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and the American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF) invite AMGA members to participate in a [removed]learning collaborative[/removed] on care management for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The Best Practices Learning Collaborative is for organizations seeking to improve care of COPD patients.

Participants will work together to develop an optimal care framework that includes a comprehensive, patient-centered, value-based approach to chronic care. The learning collaborative aims to improve chronic care management systems that focus on improving care of patients across care settings.

Up to 15 groups will be invited to participate in the collaborative. Five groups will receive $10,000 in education support over a one-year period. An additional 10 organizations will receive travel stipends to attend the collaborative meetings.

Medical groups, IPAs, academic practices, and integrated delivery systems that wish to incorporate the management of COPD into their chronic care models are encouraged to submit an application. Organizations interested in a population-based effort or wanting to launch a pilot program also are welcome to participate.

Applications will be judged for commitment to common goals, such as:

  • Early identification and diagnosis of patients at risk for or currently suffering with symptoms of COPD
  • Improved medication adherence and compliance
  • Continuity of care across settings and transitions of care
  • Increased efficiency and reduction of unnecessary or duplicative services and waste
  • Increased ability to self-manage symptoms and disease progression through healthier lifestyles
  • Improved health and well-being, and patient satisfaction
  • Improved physician/patient relationships
  • Overall impact on patient care in the community or region.

Submissions are due October 8, 2010. Guidelines are available at

Source: American Medical Group Association