UW Health Doctor Named to Panel to Transform Health Care
Madison, Wisconsin - Dr. Jonathan Jaffery, associate professor of medicine at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is one of 73 individuals from 27 states and the District of Columbia participating in the Innovation Advisors Program.
Innovation Advisors will work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center to test new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities. They will also create partnerships to find new ideas that work and share them regionally and across the U.S.
The 73 advisors were selected from 920 applications through a competitive process, and include clinicians, allied health professionals, health administrators and others. By attending in-person meetings as well as remote sessions to expand their skills and applying what they learn, the Advisors will deepen their knowledge in health care economics and finance, population health, systems analysis, and operations research.
"We're looking to these Innovation Advisors to be our partners-we want them to discover and generate new ideas that will work and help us bring them to every corner of the United States," said CMS Innovation Center Director Dr. Rick Gilfillan.
"The pace of change in health care is intensifying, and having one of our own on the front lines of that change will make us a stronger organization," said Dr. Jeffrey Grossman, senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. "UW Health is looking forward to being part of the changes that will improve the system overall."
Dr. Jaffery, a specialist in kidney disease, joined the UW Health faculty in 2002 after completing his MD at The Ohio State University and a residency and fellowship at the University of Vermont. After serving from 2008 - 2010 as chief medical officer for the Wisconsin Medicaid program, Jaffery spent a year as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow working for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, before returning to UW Health in the newly created role of Medical Director for Delivery System Innovation.
UW Health will receive a stipend of up to $20,000. The stipend will be used to support Dr. Jaffery's activities while serving as an Innovation Advisor. Funding for this initiative was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.
More information about the Innovation Advisors Program, including a fact sheet and full list of participants and their home organization, can be found at http://innovations.cms.gov/initiatives/innovation-advisors/index.html.
Date Published: 01/30/2012