Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, SFHM, a pediatric hospitalist and director of hospital medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has been appointed chief medical officer of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Dr. Conway’s key responsibilities will be administering federal healthcare quality initiatives and setting the government’s quality agenda.
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— Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, SFHM, chief medical officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Dr. Conway, who previously served as CMO of the Policy Division of the Office of Secretary of Health and Human Services and was a 2007-2008 White House fellow assigned to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is a leader in safety, quality, and outcomes initiatives at Cincinnati Children’s, holds a voluntary faculty appointment at the University of Cincinnati, and is chair of SHM’s Public Policy Committee. In his new job, starting May 9, he will direct CMS’ Office of Clinical Standards and Quality.
“Dr. Conway’s passion for improving healthcare delivery systems, his day-to-day experience as a hospitalist physician, and his accomplishments in quality-improvement research, such as implementing evidence-based healthcare for all children, provide a strong background for his critical role at CMS as chief medical officer,” says colleague Arnold W. Strauss, MD, chair of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. “Dr. Conway and our colleagues at Cincinnati Children’s have demonstrated that improving patient outcomes at lower cost—the goal of healthcare reform—is feasible.”
At Cincinnati Children’s, Dr. Conway is an associate professor, associate vice president of outcomes performance, and director of Rapid Evidence Adoption in the James M. Anderson Center. He will give up these roles and his SHM committee chair to assume the federal position. He will maintain his position at the University of Cincinnati and will work some weekends seeing patients at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “I love patient care, so I don’t want to stop doing that. Plus, it helps me connect to the front lines of providing medical care,” Dr. Conway says.
Larry Wellikson, MD, SFHM, CEO of SHM, calls Dr. Conway a leader in the society and the field of HM. “Having Pat as the new CMO of CMS just further confirms the importance of hospital medicine to being central to the changes in our health system at a national level,” he says.