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Don­ald Fisher, long­time pres­i­dent and CEO of AMGA, for­merly the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Group As­so­ci­a­tion, died March 26 from can­cer. He was 71.

Dur­ing his 37 years lead­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion, Fisher was an in­te­gral voice ad­vo­cat­ing on the be­half of mul­ti­spe­cialty med­i­cal groups in the U.S. He was an early sup­porter of value-based re­im­burse­ment and pop­u­la­tion health, ad­vo­cat­ing for data-shar­ing and in­no­va­tion. AMGA mem­ber­ship in­creased from 8,000 physi­cians in 1980 to 175,000 this year.

Through­out his ten­ure, Fisher served in var­i­ous roles on all of AMGA’s sub­sidiary or­ga­ni­za­tions. He also helped launch AMGA An­a­lyt­ics, a sub­sidiary in part­ner­ship with United-Health Group’s Op­tum di­vi­sion that of­fers re­sources for data anal­y­sis and pre­dic­tive an­a­lyt­ics.

Fisher was also a mem­ber of var­i­ous other health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Health Al­liance, the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Med­i­cal So­ci­ety Ex­ec­u­tives and the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of As­so­ci­a­tion Ex­ec­u­tives.

Be­fore join­ing AMGA, he served as the first ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Physi­cian As­sis­tants in Alexan­dria, Va.


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