Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ program will improve care for patients
Christian Davis Furman, M.D., M.S.P.H., vice chair for geriatric medicine in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville, has been selected for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Advisors Program. She is the only Kentuckian among the 73 individuals from 27 states and the District of Columbia selected to participate.
The initiative, launched by the CMS Innovation Center in October 2011, helps health professionals deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs. The participants will support the CMS Innovation Center in testing new models of health care delivery, form partnerships with local organizations to drive health care delivery system reform, and improve their own health systems so their communities will have better health and better care at a lower cost. By attending in-person meetings as well as remote sessions to expand their skills and applying what they learn, the advisors will increase their knowledge in health care economics and finance, population health, systems analysis and operations research, said the program’s director.
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