CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator, Chief Medical Officer, and Director of the CMS Innovation Center, Dr. Patrick Conway, reflects on the progress towards transforming our healthcare system into one that is better, smarter, and results in healthier people.

“…We have seen some positive results from models that the Innovation Center is testing. Savings in the Pioneer ACO Model were so significant – and coupled with positive results on improved quality of care and better patient experience – that the independent CMS Office of the Actuary certified that expansion of the model as it was tested in the first two years would reduce net program spending under Medicare. We have also incorporated elements of the Pioneer ACO Model into the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which reaches more beneficiaries in more areas of the country. We are actively evaluating other models to see if they meet this bar and have applied lessons and feedback from the Innovation Center models throughout the Medicare program…”

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Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, serves as a member of the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s Guiding Committee. He is Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. Previously, he was Director of Hospital Medicine and Associate Professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He was also Assistant Vice President Outcomes Performance where he was responsible for leading measurement, including the electronic health record measures and facilitating improvement of health outcomes across the health care system, including all Divisions and Institutes. Previously, he was Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. From 2007-2008, he was a White House Fellow assigned to the Office of Secretary in HHS and the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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