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Check for Your Colleagues – CMS Innovation Advisors

Publish Date: 1/18/2012

On January 3, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the first group of Innovation Advisors. 73 individuals from 23 states and the District of Columbia have been selected to work with the CMS Innovation Center to test new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities. Innovation Advisors will also create partnerships to find new ideas that work and then share them regionally and across the United States.

CMS’s Innovation Center was created by the Affordable Care Act to test new models of health care delivery and payment. As part of its mission, the Innovation Center also seeks to offer technical support to providers to improve the coordination of care, and share lessons learned and best practices widely throughout the healthcare system. This first group of Innovation Advisors was selected through a competitive process and includes clinicians, allied health professionals, health administrators, and others. More information about the Innovation Advisors program is available on the CMS website.

Below is a list of the first group of Innovation Advisors, their organization, and their city and state. If you work with one of these individuals or at one of these organizations, consider getting involved in any reform initiatives right away to keep perioperative nursing at the forefront of health care reform and patient safety.

Dr. Clay Ackerly, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Dr. Parag Agnihotri, Medical Clinic of Sacramento Inc., Sacramento, CA
Mr. Rod Baird, Geriatric Practice Management, Inc., Asheville, NC
Dr. David Baker, LifeBridge Health System, Baltimore, MD
Ms. Christine Baker, St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI
Dr. Randi Berkowitz, Hebrew SeniorLife, Roslindale, MA
Ms. Barbara Blakeney, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Ms. Rosemary Botchway, Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, MD, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
Ms. Laura Beth Brown, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Dr. Stephanie Bruce, Washington Hospital Center, Medical House Call Program, Washington, DC
Ms. Anna Marie Butrie, Catholic Health East, Newtown, PA
Mr. Gary Christensen, Rhode Island Quality Institute, Providence, RI
Dr. Beverly Christie, Fairview Health Services, St. Paul, MN
Ms. Erin Conklin, Genesys Health System, Grand Blanc, MI
Ms. Laura Conley, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dr. Yeates Conwell, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Ms. Diane Curley, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Smithtown, NY
Ms. Jennifer DeCubellis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, MN
Ms. Erin Denholm, Centura Health, Denver, CO
Dr. Pamela Duncan, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston Salem, NC
Dr. Erin DuPree, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
Dr. Zahra Esmail, White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Anna Flattau, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Dr. Christian Furman, University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc., Louisville, KY
Dr. Corita Grudzen, Mount Sinai Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine, New York, NY
Ms. Kellie Hamblin, Providence Health & Services, Renton, WA
Ms. Grace Hines, Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, VA
Dr. Srikant Iyer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Dr. Jonathan Jaffrey, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Middleton, WI
Dr. Daniel Johnson, Kaiser Permanente (Colorado), Aurora, CO
Dr. Colleen Kraft, Carilion Medical Center, Roanoke, VA
Dr. Candice Lagasse, United States Air Force, Buckley AFB, CO
Dr. Suzanne Landis, Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), Asheville, NC
Dr. Larry Lawhorne, Wright State Physicians, Inc., Dayton, OH
Dr. Barbara Levin, Chota Community Health Services, Inc., Madisonville, TN
Ms. Julie Lewis, Amedisys Holding, L.L.C., Baton Rouge, LA
Dr. Stephen Liu, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Ms. Jeanne McAllister, Crotched Mountain Foundation (CMF), Concord, NH
Ms. Tonya Moody, AmeriHealth Mercy Health Plan, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Nancy Murphy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Maureen Murphy, SSM Healthcare of Wisconsin, Inc., Lake Delton, WI
Ms. Margaret Namie, Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio, Cincinnati, OH
Dr. Zeev Neuwirth, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC
Dr. Len Nichols, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Ms. Deborah Peartree, Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Inc., Pittsford, NY
Dr. Janice Pringle, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Judith Rabig, Masonic Health System of Massachusetts, Leeds, MA
Dr. Jack Resnick, Empire State Medical Associates, P.C., Roosevelt Island, NY
Dr. Neil Resnick, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Ms. Stevi Riel, Muskegon Community Health Project, Muskegon, MI
Ms. Nancy Roberts, Kent County Visiting Nurse Association, Warwick, RI
Ms. Jean Sanders, Aquidneck Medical Associates, Inc., Newport, RI
Dr. Michelle Schoepflin Sanders, Providence Health & Services, Portland, OR
Ms. Christina Schwien, Qualis Health, Seattle, WA
Dr. Kathy Scott, ProHealth Care, Inc., Waukesha, WI
Dr. Cordelia Sharma, Westchester County Health Care Corporation, Valhalla, NY
Dr. Phyllis Sherard, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne, WY
Dr. Jason Stein, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Winnie Suen, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Ms. Cristin Sullivan, St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, WI
Ms. Paula Suter, Sutter Health, Fairfield, CA
Dr. Sharon Tapper, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Santa Cruz, CA
Ms. Kelly Taylor, Mercy Clinics, Inc., Des Moines, IA
Ms. Maureen Thompson, St. Francis Healthcare Services, Wilmington, DE
Dr. Thomas Tsang, Office of the Governor, State of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Ms. Maxine Vance, Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Dr. Betty Vohr, Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, RI
Dr. Alen Voskanian, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Torrance, CA
Dr. Jay Want, Center for Improving Value in Health Care, Denver, CO
Dr. Victoria Wilkins, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Ms. Janet Will, Joseph Richey Hospice, Baltimore, MD
Dr. Sarah Woolsey, HealthInsight, Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Richard Young, JPS Physician's Group, Fort Worth, TX

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