AMGA reports significant development in 09 2009.

The membership growth was especially impressive given the financial environment of 2009, and can be related to a variety of elements, including AMGA’s leadership in reform attempts that foster the creation of community-based entities accountable for comprehensive healthcare services, referred to as Accountable Care Institutions . AMGA’s design of consistently solid membership growth illustrates that our efforts to market accountability and to build on the practice patterns of high-performing institutions are resonating with medical group leaders in the united states, said Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, AMGA’s President and CEO. AMGA can be uniquely positioned to provide a framework for development toward an ACO, not only because it was instrumental in crafting the legislative vocabulary on ACOs, but because among our members are the leading high-carrying out also, healthcare delivery systems in the country.And 40 % said cost can be a barrier to treatment for many individuals, the survey found. Forty-seven % of respondents thought they have had a mental health, but only 38 % of them had received treatment. Of those who had been treated, most thought it had been helpful, including 82 % who got psychotherapy and 78 % who received medications. The survey also found that 86 % of participants knew that mental health disorders such as major depression are risk factors for suicide. Only 47 % knew that stress and anxiety disorders increase suicide risk also, based on the survey.