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Williams to Join Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Expert Panel

Lexington, Ky. (July 15, 2016) — Dr. Mark Williams, director of the Center for Health Services Research and chief in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UK HealthCare, has been selected to be part of an expert panel for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Strategic Innovation Engine. Williams will begin participating on the panel mid-July.

The Strategic Innovation Engine, the latest addition to CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization efforts, is working to identify, evaluate and spread high impact, high value quality improvement practices. They are seeking innovative ideas from throughout the health care delivery system that will further CMS’ three part aim of better care, healthier people/communities and smarter spending.

Williams, along with other panel members, will review submissions received in response to a health care community-wide call for innovative practices. They will be tasked with evaluating innovative quality improvement practices submitted by organizations.

When he became director at UK in 2014, Williams had a clear vision for the center of applying research to optimize care. As a member of this expert panel, he will work toward accomplishing that goal on a national scale. 

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