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ACP Hires Vice President of Practice Advocacy and Improvement

February 15, 2005

Newly Created Position Demonstrates College's Commitment to Improving Quality in Internal Medicine Practices

(Washington, DC): The American College of Physicians (ACP) has hired Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, as its vice president of Practice Advocacy and Improvement in the Department of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy. His position, a new one in the College's Washington D.C. office, is the result of the College's strategic decision to direct more resources to support quality improvement in internal medicine practices.

Dr. Barr's responsibilities will include directing the College's work related to:

  • public policy on health information technology and quality improvement
  • pay-for-performance and reform of the dysfunctional physician payment system
  • chronic care improvement
  • practice redesign to support quality improvement
  • laboratory quality improvement
  • physician regulatory relief

Dr. Barr's most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Baltimore Medical System, Inc., a JCAHO-accredited multi-site federally-qualified community health center system employing more than 50 clinicians with approximately 124,000 visits per year. His responsibilities included JCAHO preparation, quality improvement, risk management, recruitment of clinicians and clinical compensation plan development and management.

He was the organizational leader for two national quality improvement initiatives sponsored by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Most recently he helped lead the Baltimore Medical System's selection of an electronic medical record system. He serves on the Maryland-D.C. Collaborative for Health Information Technology.

"Dr. Barr's hiring is another demonstration of the College's abiding commitment to practice based quality improvement programs supported by Health Information Technology (HIT)," said Robert Doherty, ACP's senior vice president, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy. "We look forward to Dr. Barr's contributions toward creating a public policy environment supportive of internists' efforts to improve the reliability of care in their own practices and in other health care settings."

Dr. Barr received his M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine and his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. His served his internal medicine residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include more than 116,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illness in adults.

Jack Pope (202) 261-4556, jpope@acponline.org
Jacquelyn Blaser, (202) 261-4572, jblaser@acponline.org

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