April 18, 2013
IMPAQ International, a research, evaluation, and technical assistance firm based in Columbia, Maryland, announced today that IMPAQ’s President and nationally recognized expert in quality and quality measurement, Dr. Cary Sennett, has joined the newly formed Accountable Care Workgroup (ACWG) of the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC).
The HITPC, one of two committees created under the auspices of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, is charged with making recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT on a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information infrastructure—including standards for the exchange of patient medical information.
Slated to start meeting this month, the ACWG will support the HITPC by identifying specific high-priority areas where programs and policies developed by the Department of Health and Human Services can shape the availability and use of health IT infrastructure necessary for accountable care models.
The ACWG will likely focus its efforts on a variety of areas, including shaping payment policies to strengthen the business case for health information exchanges, supporting the emergence of data aggregation and analytics capabilities that are scalable and accessible across disparate providers, and enabling and encouraging information exchange to support care coordination across providers.
Commenting on Dr. Sennett’s selection, Dr. Kathleen McCormick, Editor of a recent McGraw-Hill textbook on Health Information Technology, in which Sennett authored a chapter on healthcare finance, said that the IMPAQ President will be an important contributor to this group. “He has a deep understanding of data and analytics, and how those can—and have to—serve as the foundation of those programs that will drive and enable accountable health care.”
For his part, Dr. Sennett welcomed the invitation to join the ACWG, noting that it was “A great opportunity to leverage both my own, and IMPAQ’s, work to promote accountable care, through innovations in the organization of and payment for healthcare.”
He pointed to IMPAQ’s work related to bundled payment (both CMS’s Acute Care Episode [ACE] Demonstration, and the more recent Innovation Center’s Bundled Payment for Care Improvement [BPCI] Initiative) and to delivery system transformation (IMPAQ’s work with the State of Maryland Patient Centered Medical Home [PCMH] Demonstration).
Dr. Sennett noted that his selection was a further opportunity to move IMPAQ toward the realization of its mission. “We are a company dedicated to working with our clients and partners to refine programs, policies, and systems that improve peoples’ lives. That opportunity seems nowhere greater than in healthcare, and nowhere more fundamental than HIT.”
About IMPAQ International
IMPAQ International is a public policy research firm specializing in designing and implementing rigorous research studies and evaluations of government programs and demonstrations. IMPAQ’s mission is to provide exemplary research and consulting services to its domestic and international clients through the use of impact evaluation studies, applied research, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and technical assistance.
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