Is Employment the Only Alternative? Improving Care Coordination through Clinical Integration
The focus on value-based care has shone a bright light on how physicians and other providers deliver care. Is care delivered in a highly coordinated manner that minimizes duplication, fosters appropriate care transitions, and ultimately saves resources? All too often comparisons are drawn between highly integrated healthcare systems and the rest of healthcare that is practiced at the community-level. This webinar will provide the perspectives of early Innovators who were able to improve care coordination and build integrated systems without sacrificing their practice autonomy. Should you have any questions regarding the content of this activity please contact Jason Scull at
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Is Employment the Only Alternative? Improving Care Coordination through Clinical Integration
Release Date: February 19, 2013
End Date:
December 31, 2014

Federation Staff Access
Please contact Terri Marchiori at to obtain your discount code before registering.

Technical Support
Should you have technical questions, please call the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

At the end of this activity, physicians should be able to:

  1. Identify a path toward more integrated care delivery that does not involve employment.  
  2. Define what it means to provide virtually, vertically, and horizontally integrated care.  
  3. Discuss the operational structure of independent physician associations and cloud-based data sharing systems.
  4. Use technology solutions to improve coordination within and outside of their practice.  

Target Audience
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing physicians.

Statement of Need
This is the third in a series of webinars that address the misnomer that you have to be a large, integrated system in order to successfully implement delivery and payment reforms by focusing on the specific habits of high value care delivery. It will further counter arguments that current reform efforts are a repackaged version of managed care by highlighting specific differences between health maintenance organizations of the 1990s and innovative models, such as ACOs, that currently are gaining prominence.

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communications skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, interdisciplinary teamwork, quality improvement and informatics.

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Claiming Your CME Credit
In order to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, you must; 1) view the webinar in its entirety, 2) successfully complete the quiz answering 4 out of 5 questions correctly and, 3) complete the evaluation.

Planning Committee

Rita LePard - CME Program Committee/AMA

Jason Scull– AMA Associate Director, Federal Affairs

Sandy Marks -  AMA Associate Director, Federal Affairs

Cindy Brown – AMA Associate Director, Federal Affairs

Carol Vargo – AMA Associate Director, Federal Affairs

Jeanette Harmon – AMA Director, Advocacy Planning & Management

Grace Terrell, MD - Cornerstone Health Care
Philip Gaziano, MD - Accountable Care Associates

About the Innovators Committee
The Innovators Committee is a group of innovative physicians tasked with developing resources to help their colleagues from various specialties implement effective delivery and payment reforms that are applicable to their practice setting and service mix. Go to for more information about the Committee and its work.

Disclosure Statement

The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, neither the planners nor the faculty have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Hardware/software Requirements
Adobe Flash 9.0.115 or above

Audio speakers or headphones

Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher.

MS Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc. (Mozilla Firefox preferred)
Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher.


Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
Activity Price
54 Registered Users
1 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

0 Credits> AMA> Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians