Vanguard Medical Group wins 2015 AMA & MGMA Practice Innovation Challenge

VERONA, NJ — October 29, 2015 — Vanguard Medical Group is one of five winners of the 2015 American Medical Association’s and the Medical Group Management Association’s Practice Innovation Challenge. The AMA & MGMA Practice Challenge is part of the AMA’s STEPS Forward series that strives for processes that will help physicians improve their medical practices allowing them to work smarter and improve patient care. The winners were announced at the 2015 MGMA Annual Meeting held on October 12, 2015.

“Vanguard Medical Group’s patient-centered primary care philosophy continues to evolve to serve patients by offering the finest medical services that meets individual’s needs while controlling the cost of healthcare services,” said Robert Eidus, M.D.and president of Vanguard Medical Group. “Being selected with the four other winners chosen for this award out of all of the medical practices throughout the country that competed is an honor and acknowledgement that Vanguard Medical Group is right on course.”

Entrants to the challenge were evaluated on four criteria: (1) applicability of problem addressed, (2) ease of the implementing the solution, (3) degree to which the proposal will improve a typical office-based practice, and (4) the potential to improve business.

Vanguard Medical Group’s AMA & MGMA Practice Challenge, which was initiated and implemented by Janet Duni, RN, BSN, CCM, MPA, Director of Care Coordination at VMG, addressed ways to standardize and improve the professional development of their medical assistants. “On-site, six month, free education modules for our MA staff are vital to ensure that everyone is cross-trained in a variety of functions so that they are prepared for their multiple roles. We are proud and pleased with the acknowledgement that our approach is leaner, more standardized and scalable from our previous one, and that it will now be used to help other medical practices,” added Eidus.

Vanguard Medical Group’s Challenge along with the other four models will soon be available for medical practices to access through the AMA’s STEPS Forward website.

About Vanguard Medical Group

Vanguard Medical Group P.C. is a regional primary care practice serving more than 70,000 active patients in 10 locations throughout Northern and Central New Jersey. Vanguard is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a patient-centered medical home. A PCMH is a primary care practice where health care professionals work as a team to provide patients with care that is tailored to meet their specific needs and to ensure they have the resources to make healthy choices. The team also coordinates patient care with other health care specialists in the community. The practice becomes the patients’ “home” for preventive, chronic and ambulatory care. For more information, visit

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