Betsy Thompson, MD, DrPH, Chief Medical Officer, Region IX, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Dr. Thompson is the Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Office in San Francisco.
In that position, Dr. Thompson serves as the chief CMS clinician for Region IX and as the principal liaison with professional organizations in the region with respect to quality improvement and health reform.
has considerable experience in multiple facets of the health field.
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.
Dr. Thompson 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, Dr. Thompson has been an active member of many state, regional, and national committees focused on improving the quality of health care.
Dr. Thompson is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine.
She also holds a doctorate in Health Policy from the University of Michigan.