Regional & State Activities
The AMCNO maintains ongoing relationships with allied health associations and other healthcare organizations throughout the Northern Ohio Region. The AMCNO provides representation on inter-professional coalitions such as the Investing in Tobacco Free Youth Initiative, the Ohio Medical Volunteer Corps, the Center for Health Affairs, and many others. For more information on these AMCNO activities see the links on this page.
Better Health Partnership (formerly called Better Health Greater Cleveland) is an organization dedicated to improving the health of people in Northeast Ohio living with chronic disease. The AMCNO has been a participating organization and part of the BHP since its inception in 2007 and we remain involved with BHP through their Leadership Team and Transitions of Care committee. Dr. Ronald Savrin, MD, MBA, past president of the AMCNO, represents the AMCNO on these BHP committees. To obtain more information about BHP click here.
The Center for Health Affairs provides their hospital members with services and resources aimed at enhancing the region’s healthcare community. The center has a long history in Northeast Ohio dating back to 1916. The Center serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. The AMCNO president sits ex-officio on the CHA Board of Directors during his/her term as AMCNO president. The AMCNO president provides updates on the activities of the AMCNO and reports back to the AMCNO board on initiatives where the two organizations could work together in the community. To learn more about the CHA click here.
The AMCNO is pleased to partner with The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) to present seminars that are of interest to both physicians and attorneys as well as on projects of interest to both professions. The CMBA is a nonprofit organization that operates as a center for legal professionalism in the region, promoting the highest ethical and professional standards. It was formed in March 2008 by the consolidation of the Cleveland Bar and Cuyahoga County Bar Associations, which brought together more than 135 years of history. It works to advance the greater Cleveland legal community as a world-class center of professional excellence and model of community service. To learn more about the CMBA click here.
To view more information about the AMCNO/CMBA joint legal seminars click here.
The AMCNO has been involved with the Cuyahoga County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) for a number of years and over time the MRC has been compiling a list of individuals who are interested in participating in the MRC. The Cuyahoga County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has been working with the AMCNO to officially register physician volunteers and this has been done through a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC). This process will allow the MRC to complete the volunteer registration as well as test the registration process. If you are interested in learning more about the Medical Reserves Corps click here.
The AMCNO is pleased to be one of the founding organizations of the Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership (CHAP), a countywide health access partnership created to provide a coordinated system of access to care across all providers for the region’s low income insured adults. This public-private partnership will focus on providing a network of resources to lower-income uninsured residents throughout Cuyahoga County.
The Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership, or CHAP, is a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit as a joint public-private partnership focused on access to care in Cuyahoga County and founded on the principle of shared responsibility. CHAP is managed by a Board of Directors, represented by all initial stakeholders including major healthcare providers, physicians, health care organizations, safety net providers, government entities, health plans and foundations. Demonstrating the organization’s commitment to this vital work, each founding member has signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
Founding organizations include: Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio, Care Alliance Health Center, CareSource, City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga County Board of County Commissioners, Kaiser Permanente, the MetroHealth System, Neighborhood Family Practice, Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, North Coast Health Ministry, Saint Luke’s Foundation, Sisters of Charity Health System, The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland and University Hospitals. The AMCNO is represented on the CHAP board by the AMCNO EVP/CEO. Visit the CHAP website by clicking here.
In 2011, Gov. John R. Kasich announced the establishment of the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT) to fight opiate abuse in Ohio. Ohio is combatting drug abuse through many initiatives on several fronts at the state and local levels, involving law enforcement, public health, addiction and treatment professionals, healthcare providers, educators, parents and many others.
AMCNO physician members and staff are members of this team and provided assistance in drafting the three sets of prescribing guidelines that have been established. To learn more about GCOAT, click here.
The vision of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) is to advance "the health of all Ohioans through informed policy decisions." They believe that improved health value, defined by improved population health (including health behaviors, health equity, health status and mortality) and sustainable health costs, will lead to optimal health for all Ohioans. The long-term outcome of HPIO's work is that state policymakers make informed health policy decisions that lead to improved health value. Click here for more information about the HPIO. The AMCNO is a member of the HPIO's Ohio Wellness and Prevention Network; click here for information on that program.
For more than 30 years, the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) has been committed to improving the quality of healthcare services to achieve the best possible patient outcomes. They provide healthcare quality expertise to those who deliver care and those who receive it as well as tools and resources for patients, families, and caregivers to be advocates for their own health.
HSAG has advanced to become a multi-state Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), External Quality Review Organization (EQRO), and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network contractor, serving approximately 25% of the nation’s Medicare population, 45% of the Medicaid population, and 19% of the dialysis population.
The AMCNO is a healthcare stakeholder for HSAG, working with the group on issues related to physician office practices, such as Meaningful Use and Value-Based Payments.
To learn more about the Health Services Advisory Group, click here.
The AMCNO is a partner of Immunize Ohio (also known as the Consortium for Healthy and Immunized Communities, or CHIC). The purpose of the collaborative is to improve immunization coverage in Ohio through education. For more information about Immunize Ohio, click here.
The AMCNO is pleased to be a part of the Investing in Tobacco Free Youth Steering Committee. The Investing in Tobacco-Free Youth Coalition brings together a diverse group of organizations with a common goal of reducing the toll that tobacco takes on the people of Ohio. The Coalition is seeking to make “other tobacco products” – including spit tobacco, little cigars and cigars – less appealing to youth by correcting the inequity between the other tobacco products tax and the cigarette tax. The revenue generated would be used to fund the youth prevention and community tobacco prevention and cessation programs that were ended as a result of tobacco funding cuts. The AMCNO is represented on this coalition by our EVP/CEO. To view more information about the Investing in Tobacco Free Youth coalition click here.
The AMCNO is pleased to be a sponsor of the MedWorks program. MedWorks is a volunteer program of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, MobileMed 1. MedWorks is committed to delivering free healthcare to Ohio’s uninsured and underinsured population. Volunteer doctors, dentists, eye specialists, general healthcare providers and support workers donate their time to help provide free healthcare services for their community. The AMCNO is represented on the MedWorks board by Dr. Laura David, AMCNO past president. To learn more about the MedWorks project click here.
The AMCNO is a longstanding member of the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice. The Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice is a non-profit, broad-based coalition which has been working to reform Ohio's civil justice system since 1987. The Alliance includes Ohio trade and professional associations, small and large businesses, medical groups, farmers and others all committed to this reform effort. On occasion, the OACJ files amicus briefs before the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of its’ members including the AMCNO. To view background information on the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice click here.
CliniSync (also known as the Ohio Health Information Partnership) was designated by Governor Ted Strickland in August 2009 to oversee the adoption and use of electronic medical records by Ohio's health care providers. The partnership has received more than $43 million in state and federal funding and is charged with implementing and overseeing a statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) that will improve access to data and patient information by authorized health care providers while ensuring patient privacy. CliniSync is collaborating with industry experts to provide educational, technical, and procurement services to health care providers who need to implement electronic medical records and achieve meaningful use to qualify for up to $63,750 in incentive payments from the federal government.
The AMCNO is integrally involved with the Ohio Health Information Partnership. The AMCNO has physician and staff representatives on various Partnership committees, and we provide input to the Partnership on a regular basis. The AMCNO serves as a member of the Case Regional Extension Center Governance Committee and the AMCNO is also a founding member of the Partnership Learning and Action Network. Click here for more information about how CliniSync and the Ohio Health Information Partnership are helping physicians and hospitals in Ohio.
The Ohio Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (OPCPCC) is a coalition of primary care providers, insurers, employers, consumer advocates, government officials and public health professionals. They have joined together to create a more effective and efficient model of health care delivery in Ohio: the Patient-Centered Medical Home.The OPCPCC is coordinating statewide efforts to implement best practices to advance patient-centered primary care, through a forum that allows health care stakeholders to communicate freely and work together.
Click here for more information about the OPCPCC.
The AMCNO routinely attends meetings and reviews, analyzes and interprets agency regulations as they are promulgated. The AMCNO is currently involved with the Ohio Department of Health in developing their Statewide Health Plan as well as their patient-centered medical home project. The AMCNO is also involved in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Medicaid health home initiative. The AMCNO has also been in discussions with the Office of Health Transformation. For rules and regulations and other information about these health-related state agencies, visit the following websites:
- Governor's Office of Health Transformation (OHT)
- Ohio Department of Health
- Ohio Department of Job and Family Services/Medicaid
The AMCNO is pleased to be a regional partner in The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD); a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs: chronic disease. To view background about the Partnership for Chronic Disease coalition click here.