Betsy L. Thompson, MD, DrPH
Chief Medical Officer, CMS, Region IX
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
will provide the CMS perspective on health information technology with an emphasis on the electronic record as a foundational building block for both payment and health reform.
The presentation will include up-to-date information about the CMS HER
Incentive Programs as well as the role of health information technology in Accountable Care Organizations
and the newly formed Center for Medicare
and Medicaid Innovation.
Betsy L. Thompson is the Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Office in San Francisco.
has considerable experience in multiple facets of the health field.
She has worked as a clinician in underserved areas; as a medical epidemiologist, a health services researcher and Branch Chief for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and as Chief Medical Director for a health plan.
Dr. Thompson is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine.
She also holds a doctorate in Health Policy from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Thompson spent 10 years with CDC where she helped develop agency relationships with health plans and employers and worked with these new partners to improve the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care with a focus on preventive services.
She came to CMS after serving as Chief Medical Director of a non-profit health plan in rural Colorado.
In that position, she
worked closely with network physicians and facilities to foster quality improvement efforts.
In 2009 Dr. Thompson
was instrumental in getting Colorado state legislation passed to provide first dollar coverage for the most cost-effective preventive services.
Throughout her career, she has been an active member of state, regional and national committees focused on improving the quality of health care.