New Jersey Medical Group Management Association's History
The New Jersey Medical Group Management Association is the premier association providing education, mentoring, advocacy and networking opportunities for professional medical group managers in the State of New Jersey. It is a State Affiliate of the Medical Group Management Association headquartered in Englewood, Colorado - a national association begun in 1926, and now the professional home to over 22,500 members representing 13,600 medical practices nationwide, in which some 280,000 physicians provide over 40% of the healthcare services delivered in the United States.
NJMGMA began in 1988 but it did not enjoy early success. Resurrected in 1993 under the leadership of Mike Stone and Tom Dunlap, it held periodic meetings in various locations throughout the state, with no central headquarters or professional operational support. Formal education programs in the form of quarterly seminars were first begun around 1997. Membership at this time had grown to approximately 350. Tri-state conferences (in coordination with Delaware MGMA and Pennsylvania MGMA) were begun in 1998, but were discontinued after a few years.
Under the leadership of subsequent Presidents, Jayne Rider, Gina Cameron, Ed Ludwig, Mike DiDonato, Larry Epstein, Ed Gulko, Maria Petro,John Massiello, and Gary Orsetti, the Association continued to grow in membership. Its professional educational, advocacy and networking offerings also increased and expanded. Membership grew and stabilized at nearly 400 members, which includes the increased involvement of its affiliate members.
Beginning in 2003, NJMGMA began the first of its annual two-day conferences in Atlantic City. These annual conferences have continued with great success and other educational offerings have increased and been expanded.