Observations from an Industry Expert
Play Like a Champion
Editor’s note: This excerpt is adapted from comments made by Christopher
J. Sclafani, PE, M.B.A., COO at CareMount Medical, P.C., and Chair of the
AMGA Board of Directors, at the AMGA 2019 Annual Conference, on the
morning of March 29, 2019, in National Harbor, Maryland. As he entered the
stage, Mr. Sclafani played a video clip of the legendary Live Aid performance
by Queen of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”
Iam sure you are all sitting there and wondering why I opened with this clip. Well, Bohemian Rhapsody was sim- ply an amazing movie, and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you do so. Queen’s 20-minute performance
at Live Aid 1985 is arguably one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll
performances of all time.
More importantly, I opened with this clip because I wanted
to do two things: First, I wanted to get everyone excited
about the day, and no song gets you more pumped than this
one. But more importantly and succinctly, I wanted to focus
and expand upon the last sentence of the song “We Are the
The word champions has a number of meanings; it can
be both a noun and a verb. Today, I want to focus on what a
champion does. According to Webster’s, a champion is some-
one or something that supports the cause and defends. The
verb also has synonyms like to advocate for, promote, protect,
stand up for, crusade for … I think you get the point.
Well, we are the champions for health care in America.
We, as a collective group of providers from multispecialty
medical groups and integrated systems of
care across the healthcare spectrum, are
the champions for insuring we have a sus-
tainable healthcare system for our patients.
There is no reason we can’t do it. I am not
sure if everyone in this room realizes it, but
our organization’s members represent 440
medical groups consisting of 175,000 physicians and pro-
viders, and that 1 in 3 Americans receives their care from an
AMGA member group.
Many believe our current system of health care is no longer
financially sustainable. Currently in the United States, we
spend just shy of 18% of GDP on health care. Many believe
that if we are unable to bend that cost curve in the downward
direction and begin to reduce the overall expenditures,
a single-payer healthcare system will become inevitable.
I don’t know about you, but I know I was surprised at how
significant an issue health care was during the 2018 midterm
elections. Health care is a bigger concern for our patients
than, unfortunately, most people recognize. Employers shoulder a significant portion of the expense for most individuals
receiving private healthcare insurance and, at some point,
they are going to cry “uncle,” and we need to have a plan to
manage our environment once that occurs.
We are already seeing that manifest in the marketplace,
with the proliferation of urgent care centers like City MD
and GoHealth, as they are seen as more cost-effective and
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