Creating analytics-based programs designed to improve both clinical and cost outcomes in a patient-centric, integrative, physical medicine delivery model.
What is Integrative Medicine?
Generally, Integrative Medicine is a healing-oriented practice of medicine that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
The Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine
According to the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona
- Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
- All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
- Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response.
- Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
- Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
- Good medicine is based on good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
- Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
- Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.
Founded in 1997 by Richard Sarnat, MD (President/Chief Medical Officer) and James Zechman (Chief Executive Officer), Advanced Medicine Integration Group (AMI Group) is a national leader in the field of integrative physical medicine. AMI’s programs leverage new technology and data informatics with evidence-based product designs to provide improved patient outcomes and cost savings. The AMI Group has a proven track record for delivering effective medical management and care programs with best-in-class data analytics for the healthcare industry.
From 1999 – 2020 AMI administered an innovative network of integrative physical medicine providers as an Independent Practice Association (IPA) within a full-risk, capitated, gate-keeper delivery model.
In accordance with the Illinois Medical Practice Act and Managed Care Act, AMI’s IPA allowed patients the flexibility to have holistically oriented MDs, DOs, or DCs as their Primary Care Physicians (PCP).
From beginning to end, AMI’s IPA demonstrated the effectiveness of integrative medical care that incorporated wellness and prevention by consistently reducing total medical expenses as compared to those patients treated in a conventional, non-integrative medicine environment.
A groundbreaking first for an integrative medical home model delivery system.
20 years of clinical and cost outcomes for this IPA have demonstrated the following results:
For over a decade, AMI Group, L.P. created and managed networks of Physical Medicine providers. Meeting both the expectations of clients and exceeding the nationally accepted standards (NCQA), AMI raised the bar by:
- Going beyond the minimum requirements of URAC and NCQA
- Ensuring your network includes the best specialty providers in your region
- Offering your patient population reliable, effective, complementary medical treatment alternatives