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Managed Care Partners - A time for transformations

Managed Care Partners Winter 2012

A time for transformations

Date: January 3, 2012

My fellow Johns Hopkins leaders and I have been working for years to improve quality and gear up for radical changes in health care reform, but keeping up with the times was practically a full-time job. Now we’ve made it one officially.

Johns Hopkins Medicine created a new position—vice president for health care transformation and strategic planning—to guide us through these changing times. We couldn’t be happier that John Colmers came on board.

Many of you know John from his impressive career in state government, including serving as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the past few years. This year I’ve had the pleasure of seeing his insight firsthand as we worked with others to develop guiding principles for health care transformation, starting with a solid internal organization structure, to better support a larger health system.

In another move that reflects Johns Hopkins Medicine’s focus on quality, the institution has created the new position of senior vice president for patient safety and quality and tapped our world-renowned expert in that area, Peter Pronovost, to fill the post. Pronovost is also heading our newly established Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

As an integrated health system and an insurer for more than 300,000 Marylanders through Medicaid, the US Family Health Plan and Johns Hopkins employers, we are well prepared for this shift from volume to value. In managing the risk of these diverse populations, we have adopted the goals of the Institute for HealthCare Improvement’s “Triple Aim” model: to improve the health of the population, enhance the patient experience of care—including quality, access and reliability—and reduce the per capita cost of care for the population.

We’re actively working to design solutions that meet these goals. And these solutions will provide value back to all payers in the marketplace.

Patricia Brown

President, Johns Hopkins HealthCare