Panel of Quality Improvement Experts to Guide CMS Efforts

Columbia, MD


February 16, 2016

A panel of nationally-known quality improvement thought leaders met for the first time in December as part of a larger effort by the research firm IMPAQ International to help the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) advance its Medicare quality improvement efforts.

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) will support CMS in achieving the three part aim of better care, smarter spending and healthier people.  The eight-member ELC will set the strategic direction, suggest topics for exploration, and propose future quality improvement activities for the Strategic Innovation Engine (SIE).

“The ELC is a dynamic group of thought leaders committed to using innovation to transform the health care delivery system,” said David Baker, PhD, Executive Vice President of the Center for Research, Evaluation and Implementation at IMPAQ International. “Together with CMS, we want to discover pockets of excellence throughout the country and spread these best practices to further advance quality, patient safety and value.”

 The ELC members are:

  • Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACP, FACG, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of Project ECHO, University of New Mexico;
  • Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, Former CMS Administrator and President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement;
  • Hala Durrah, Patient and Family Centered Care Advocate and Consultant;
  • Eugene Litvak, PhD, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Optimization and Adjunct Professor in Operations Management, Harvard School of Public Health;
  • Joe McCannon, Co-Founder, Billions Institute , former Senior Adviser to the CMS Administrator and former Vice President , Institute for Healthcare Improvement;
  • Lucy Savitz PhD, MBA, Director of Research and Education, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Health Care;
  • Janet Tomcavage, RN, MSN, Chief Population Health Officer, Geisinger Health System; and
  • Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, Senior Vice President, Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System.

"I am pleased to join the ELC as a step toward helping health care find and adopt the redesigns that will allow the Triple Aim to be realized, notes Donald Berwick, M.D.  Progress will be much faster if we establish and nourish shared learning across our nation."

The SIE is funded to rapidly move innovative, evidence based quality practices from research to implementation within the healthcare community. It will proactively cull highly-evidenced best practices from around the country, subject them to an organized and rigorous review process, and rapidly spread those with the greatest potential impact to front line staff.  The SIE plans to advance improvement science by focusing on areas ripe for opportunity such as patient flow, waste reduction and clinical decision support.

For more information on the SIE and ELC, visit the SIE web site. IMPAQ International is joined by Abt Associates, the Health Research and Educational Trust, HealthInsight, and Pantheon in supporting the SIE.

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