At today’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, Hoangmai Pham, MD, MPH, received the Avedis Donabedian Award in Quality from the Association’s Medical Care Section. Dr. Pham recently joined the staff of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a Senior Advisor in the newly established Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Previously, Dr. Pham was the co-director for researcher at the Center for Studying Health System Change, with widely published research on issues of quality of care, payment reform, and physician behavior. She was lead author or co-author on recent important issues briefs on medical homes, episode-based payments and comparative effectiveness research, which are available on this website.
In her award lecture, Dr. Pham traced the unifying theme of her career’s research: how incentives and public policy can influence the improvement of health care quality among individual health care providers and health care systems. She described an aspirational vision of health care systems in which payment results in primary care being valued; coordinated and integrated health care delivery; the “triple aim” of better health, better care and lower costs; and health care equity.