Patrick Conway, MD, MSc

by Rachad Davis

June 20, 2016

Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation,
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, is the CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality. CMS is responsible for overseeing quality of care, innovation, and new payment models for the programs that serve the over 140 million Americans that access health care services through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. He and the CMS team focus on health system transformation by improving quality, affordability, access to care, and health outcomes.

Dr. Conway is also Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at CMS. The CMS Innovation Center is responsible for testing numerous new payment and service delivery models across the nation that reward quality and value.  Models include accountable care organizations, bundled payments, primary care medical homes, state innovation models, and many more.  These models involve millions of people and hundreds of thousands of providers across the nation.  Successful models can be scaled nationally. The CMS Innovation Center budget is $10 billion over 10 years.

In 2014, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine Institute of Medicine (IOM) recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He is a practicing pediatric hospitalist and was selected as a Master of Hospital Medicine from the Society of Hospital Medicine.  He has received the President’s Distinguished Senior Executive Rank and HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service awards. These are the President’s and Secretary’s highest distinction for senior executive excellence.  He is a former White House Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and leader of quality improvement, quality measurement, research, and clinical operations at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  He completed pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital Boston, graduated with High Honors from Baylor College of Medicine, and graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University.  He is a national and international leader in health system transformation, quality, and innovation.