The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy announced today that it has appointed Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) to the Center advisory board. Duke-Margolis is overseen by Provost Sally Kornbluth and Chancellor of Health Affairs Eugene Washington, who also serve on the advisory board, which is chaired by Dr. Robert Margolis and center director Dr. Mark McClellan.
“We are pleased that Dr. Conway has agreed to join our advisory board,” said Dr. McClellan.
“His leadership and the benefit of his advice will be a great addition to this already distinguished group. As one of the only CMS chief medical officers to continue his medical practice as a pediatrician at the Children’s National Medical Center, he brings an end-to-end understanding of the health care system and a broad perspective on health policy and physician-led reforms to the advisory board.”
Dr. Conway earned his BS at Texas A&M University, his MD at Baylor College of Medicine and his MSc at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Society of Hospital Medicine. Prior to joining BCBSNC, he served as Chief Medical Officer, Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and as Director of Hospital Medicine at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He has also served as Chief Medical Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as a White House Fellow at DHHS.
While deputy director of CMS under multiple administrations, Conway provided critical leadership for improving quality and payment reform including oversight of CMS’s comprehensive quality strategy. He led the creation of CMMI and oversaw major innovation initiatives in the areas of bundled payments and care coordination.
Dr. Conway said, “I am excited to join the advisory board of the Duke Margolis Center. Our nation and the state of North Carolina need additional innovation to drive better health outcomes and lower costs for people and the Center can inform and help shape this transformation.”
The Duke-Margolis advisory board brings experience from policy-relevant public and private sectors including healthcare payers, legislative, biomedical, foundation, and high technology. The group’s advisory function is served predominantly through participation in bi-annual face-to-face meetings, alternating between the Washington, DC and Durham, NC locations, but advisers may also provide occasional guidance for particular initiatives.