D-H's Liu Named 'Innovation Advisor' by CMS

January 10, 2012
Lebanon, NH

Stephen K. Liu, MD, MPH

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently chose Dartmouth-Hitchcock hospitalist Stephen K. Liu, MD, MPH, from among 920 applicants for 73 positions as "innovation advisors" to the agency.

Liu is an assistant professor of medicine and of community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS), the medical director for DHMC's Medical Specialties Inpatient Unit, and an assistant director of the Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency Program at DHMC. With a $20,000 stipend from the federal Affordable Care Act, he will explore new models of care delivery in the D-H system for the new CMS Innovation Center.

"I'm honored to be selected into this program and am looking forward to developing and testing new ways to care for hospitalized patients at DHMC to ultimately improve the quality, safety, and value of the care that we provide," says Liu, a leader in DHMC efforts to help patients quit smoking. "I'm also looking forward to learning much more about implementing new models of health care delivery from colleagues across the country who are working on improvement interventions in their local institutions."

Liu will begin his training as an innovation advisor in late January, along with 72 other clinicians, allied-health professionals, health administrators, and financial and population-health experts. They will aim, through in-person meetings as well as remote sessions, to share and expand their skills, then apply what they learn to their own settings.

"We're looking to these innovation advisors to be our partners," says center director Rick Gilfillan, MD. "We want them to discover and generate new ideas that will work and help us bring them to every corner of the United States."

D-H also is working with the Innovation Center through the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, under which groups of doctors and other healthcare providers collaborate to better care for their patients. As one in a diverse group of leading-edge health care organizations from around the country, Dartmouth-Hitchcock was chosen specifically by the Innovation Center to test the effectiveness of several models of payment in helping organizations more quickly begin providing higher quality care at a lower cost to Medicare.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock: Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in evidence-based and patient-centered health care. The system includes hundreds of physicians, specialists, and other providers who work together to meet the health care needs of patients in northern New England. In addition to primary care services at local community practices and tertiary care offered at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, patients have access to specialists in almost every area of medicine, as well as world-class research at Dartmouth Medical School and centers of excellence including The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI). Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been a participant in CMS's Physician Group Practice (PGP) Demonstration and Transition Demonstration Projects, as well as other ACO models with three major insurers, Anthem, Cigna, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

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