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Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement


Karma Bass

Before founding Via Healthcare Consulting, she worked with ACCORD LIMITED, a Chicago-based consulting firm serving clients nationwide with their strategic planning, governance, speaking and board retreats. She spent two years as president and CEO of Alliance Healthcare Foundation in San Diego, California where she reported to an independent, eleven-person not-for-profit board. Notably, Ms. Bass spent 10 years at The Governance Institute holding various positions including Vice President, Membership Services and Director of Research & Publications. During her time at The Governance Institute, she oversaw the prestigious biennial hospital governance practices survey tracking trends in US hospitals and health systems. Read More.


Karyn BAum

Dr. Karyn Baum is Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief Medical Officer for the University of Minnesota. She has worked in education and quality mprovement for over a decade.She is Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief Medical Officer for the University of Minnesota Medical Center. As an educator, she led the development of an interprofessional teamwork course for students from six health professions at the University of Minnesota. She served as the Director of the University of Minnesota TeamSTEPPS Training Resource Center, an AHRQ-funded site which trains clinical staff in an evidence-based teamwork curriculum designed to improve patient safety for seven years. Read More.

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Apurv Gupta

Dr. Apurv Gupta is a Director in the Performance Excellence Practice at Navigant Consulting based in Boston. Apurv is a leader and innovator in healthcare, an expert in performance improvement and change management, and a thought leader in the transofrmation of healthcare. He provides assessment and implementation services for healthcare organizations, with a particular emphasis on engagement of clinicians, mentoring of physician leaders, and alignment of executive leadership to improve clinical practices in addressing quality, supply utilization, and cost issues. Apurv has redesigned numerous hospitalist programs to improve productivity, increase physician engagement, and install sustainable governance. Read More.


Ateev Mehrotra

Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., MPH is an associate professor in the Department of Healthcare Policy at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.Ateev’s research focuses on interventions to to decrease costs and improve quality of care. Much of his work has focused on innovations in delivery. He is also interested in the role of consumerism and whether price transparency and public reporting of quality can impact patient decision making. His work has also focused on quality measurement, including how natural language processing can be used to analyze the data in electronic health records to measure the quality of care. Read More.


Zeev Neuwirth

Dr. Neuwirth was appointed Senior Medical Director of Population Health for the Carolinas Healthcare System (CHS) in November 2016. In this newly created position within CHS, he serves as the senior most physician responsible for advancing the system’s value focused strategies and transitioning the delivery system toward a consumer-oriented, value based model of care. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Neuwirth served as the Senior Medical Director for Primary Care Services within CHS, which proactively provides primary medical care to over 1.1 million patients, and serves a community of over 2 million people in the greater Charlotte area. He was responsible for leading the redesign of the Primary Care ecosystem at CHS and also served as an executive leader in Population Health, Care Management, Retail Care & Virtual Medicine. Prior to joining CHS, Zeev served as Chief of Clinical Effectiveness & Innovation at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a 600 physician multi-specialty practice located in Eastern Massachusetts. Read More.

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Pat Noga

Patricia M. Noga, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA), provides strategic direction and leadership to MHA, its hospitals and health systems, and key stakeholders for a variety of programs and activities related to clinical issues, quality of healthcare, patient safety, the healthcare workforce, and healthcare emergency preparedness. Dr. Noga leads the evolution of the acclaimed quality and safety initiative, PatientCareLink (PCL), transforming the site into a dynamic and transparent resource tool for consumers, providers and others. Read More.


nancy schlichting

Nancy M. Schlichting, recently retired, was the Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), a nationally recognized $5 billion health care organization with 27,000 employees and recipient of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, 2011 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Quality Award, and 2004 Foster G. McGaw Award. She is credited with leading the health system through a dramatic financial turnaround and for award-winning patient safety, customer service and diversity initiatives. Schlichting joined HFHS in 1998 as its Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital and was named President and CEO of the System in 2003. Her career in healthcare administration spans over 35 years of experience in senior level executive positions. Read More.

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amy boutwell

Amy Boutwell, M.D., M.P.P., founded Collaborative Healthcare Strategies to pursue work aligned with the opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act, the CMS Center for Innovation and the Partnership for Patients. Working at the intersection of all best practices and approaches to improve care transitions, without exclusive adherence to one particular model, Dr. Boutwell takes the best from what is known to be effective, practical and efficient in improving care transitions.

Dr. Boutwell is the co-founder of the STAAR (State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Since 2008, Dr. Boutwell has been deeply immersed in the clinical, operational, policy, payment and political aspects of approaches to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations and improve care transitions. Read More