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Elizabeth Mitchell

by Jasmine Batchelor

January 21, 2020

President and CEO,
Pacific Business Group on Health

Elizabeth Mitchell is President and CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH). PBGH is a 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on improving health outcomes, experience and affordability for consumers and purchasers across the United States. PBGH represents 39 of the largest public and private purchasers of healthcare in the country who collectively purchase $100 Billion in healthcare annually for 15 Million employees and their families.

As leader of PBGH, Mitchell advances the organization’s strategic focus areas of advanced primary care, functional markets and purchasing value. Mitchell leads PBGH in mobilizing purchasers, elevating the role and impact of primary care, and creating functional healthcare markets to support high-quality affordable care – achieving measurable impacts on outcomes and affordability including quality, patient-reported outcomes/satisfaction, and appropriateness.

At PBGH, Mitchell leverages her extensive experience in working with healthcare purchasers, providers, policymakers and payers to improve healthcare quality and cost. Mitchell previously served as Senior Vice President for Healthcare and Community Health Transformation at Blue Shield of California, during which time she designed Blue Shield’s strategy for transforming practice, payment and community health. Mitchell also served as the President and CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a network of regional quality improvement and measurement organizations; served as CEO of Maine’s business coalition on health (the Maine Health Management Coalition); worked within an integrated delivery system (MaineHealth); and was elected to the Maine State Legislature, serving as a State Representative.

Mitchell served as Vice Chairperson of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, Board and Executive Committee Member of the National Quality Forum (NQF), Member of the National Academy of Medicine’s “Vital Signs” Study Committee on core metrics, and a Guiding Committee Member for the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network.

Mitchell holds a degree in religion from Reed College and studied social policy at the London School of Economics.

About the Pacific Business Group on Health

The Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) is a 501c3 with a mission of improving health outcomes, experience and affordability for consumers and purchasers across the United States. PBGH has a 30-year track record of incubating and spreading innovations that measurably improve care for consumers and is a national leader in redesigning care, changing policy, and purchasing value.
PBGH uses the leverage of influential public and private purchasers of health care – in partnership with providers, payers, and policymakers – to scale innovative models for improving health outcomes and affordability. The organization aligns care design with payment and policy supports to sustain and scale person-centered health models.
PBGH is widely recognized for incubating new, disruptive ideas and scaling proven approaches: incubating one of the first intensive outpatient care programs for medically and socially complex patients; creating an employer-led centers of excellence product focused on appropriate, best-in-class care; and partnering with primary care providers to implement and scale advanced primary care models and to reduce variation in care.

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