Solutions to Advance Medicine and Empower Providers
Privia empowers providers and optimizes practice operations through our cutting-edge technology, best-in-class administrative support, expert payer contracting, and other services. Our physician-led model enables providers to increase revenue and improve patient outcomes while remaining autonomous. Our comprehensive suite of tools and resources allow providers to focus on delivering high-quality care to their patients.
Privia Medical Group — Cumberland Region
Jim Sams, MD, is the CEO of Privia Medical Group – Georgia and the Physician Executive of Privia Medical Group — Cumberland Region. Dr. Sams has worked on all sides of the medical practice from small group, to multi-specialty, to employment with large hospitals.
Prior to joining Privia, Dr. Sams was a practicing Internal Medicine physician and the CMO and Chairman of the Board of the Piedmont Clinic, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare.
In addition, he served as co-medical director of its provider-sponsored health plan. Dr. Sams oversaw the Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition of Piedmont physician group, launched a national payer’s Collaborative Accountable Care model, and served as Chief Medical Officer for Piedmont Healthcare’s Southern region which included Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, and Piedmont Henry Hospital.
Dr. Sams was a founding member and board chair of Fayette Medical Clinic, the first primary care-based multi-specialty group in Fayette County and a chairman of the board of Sentinel Health Partners, a physician company engaged in global risk Medicare contracting from 1999 to 2001.
Dr. Sams earned a Bachelor of Science from Southwestern at Memphis and his medical doctorate from Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He also earned his master’s in Organizational Leadership from Mercer University.
Amy is the President of Privia Medical Group — Georgia & Cumberland Region. She joined Privia in 2017, bringing more than 17 years of experience in provider contracting, population health, and health insurance administration.
Prior to Privia, Amy served as the Vice President of Provider Alignment Solutions for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. In that position, Amy developed and executed Anthem’s payment innovation and provider collaboration programs nationwide, including Anthem’s flagship value-based program that served more than 50,000 primary care physicians. During her 12 years with Anthem, Amy led teams in network management and contracting in Maine, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Missouri. She led cost-of-care planning for the company, developed network management teams to support Medicare and Medicaid programs, oversaw the provider audit and fraud waste and abuse teams, and led network strategy development for national accounts supporting large employers in their efforts to achieve optimal outcomes from their health benefit plans. Prior to joining Anthem, Amy worked in contracting and network management with UnitedHealthcare in New England.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Administration from the University of Rochester.
Why Partner With Privia?
Physician Autonomy & Freedom
Improve care and reduce costs while remaining independent. When you partner with us, you continue to own, manage, and operate your practice while backed by our powerful suite of services. There’s no buy-in, buy-out, or restrictive covenant.
Future-Proof Financial Success
Perform better financially and remain viable as an independent practice. Our tools and payer relations support enhanced fee-for-service contracts while transitioning to rewarding value-based care models.
Better Patient Experience & Outcomes
Optimize the patient experience with convenient, cutting-edge tools designed to increase engagement. We help nurture the patient-provider relationship so patients receive the right care at the right place.
Leading Operational Support
Enjoy a heightened provider experience by focusing on high-quality, cost-efficient patient care, not administrative work. Our talented teams analyze complex regulations, policies, and data, then deliver actionable insights so you can dedicate more time to your patients.
As a Tennessean, I’ve spent many years working with providers throughout the state, listening to their stories. Their commitment to caring for their patients never ceases to amaze me. Our goal is to help them do just that: allow them to focus on their patients while making sure they have the tools, technology, and support they need to remain independent and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment.