Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) currently defines value-based care as paying for health care services in a manner that directly links performance on cost, quality and the patient's experience of care. As purchasers of care the Federal Health Agencies seek to move beyond just paying for volume of care, and shift payment structures to provide more incentives for high-quality care. In this session we will ask leaders from the Military Health System, the Veterans Health Administration, and CMS how they are applying these principles.
Dr. Meredith Josephs
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization Program Office
Meredith Josephs, MD, serves as the Chief Medical Informatics officer for the Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office. She is responsible for executive oversight of clinical, business and clinical information technology activities impacting the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs federal EHR and the exchange of health data with private sector partners.
Prior to joining the Veterans Health Administration, Dr. Josephs served as vice president of clinical informatics at Privia Health. She led the company’s clinical information technology strategic initiatives and served as the medical director of Privia Virtual Health, its virtual urgent care center. She collaborated with Privia Medical Group physicians and leaders to optimize its clinical technology platforms to ensure optimal delivery of healthcare services and success in value-based care programs. Before joining Privia Health in 2014, Dr. Josephs served as chief medical officer at La Clinica del Pueblo, a federally qualified health center in Washington, D.C., where she cared for patients since the completion of her residency training.
Dr. Josephs is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Franklin Square Family Medicine Residency Program. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is board-certified in family medicine and clinical informatics. Dr. Josephs received her master’s degree in public health from The George Washington University and a graduate certificate in biomedical informatics from the Oregon Health & Science University.
Dr. Francine Sandrow
Chief Health Informatics Officer, Office of Community Care
Veterans Health Administration
Francine Sandrow, MD, is the chief health informatics officer for the Office of Community Care (OCC). In this role, she is responsible for providing expert assistance with data analytics, population health, health information exchange and data governance. Dr. Sandrow will also oversee the Advanced Medical Cost Management System for OCC.
Prior to this role, Dr. Sandrow was most recently the chief health informatics officer at Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC, as well the clinical lead on the Change Leadership team in VISN 4 and a practicing emergency medicine physician. Dr. Sandrow is a clinical informaticist who spent 12 years in a number of leadership roles prior to coming to VA. These roles include director of emergency department information systems at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania, and emergency department director of medical informatics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Previously, she served as the associate chief of the emergency medicine service. Dr. Sandrow completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester, her master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College (now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College). She was a recipient of Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC Employee Engagement Award and the VA Secretary’s Honor Award for I CARE. Dr. Sandrow is board certified in emergency medicine and clinical informatics and is a fellow in the American Medical Informatics Association. She is also a fellow of the Partnership for Public Service Excellence in Government Program.
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