Hospital for Special Surgery appoints Dr. Catherine MacLean chief value medical officer: 5 key notes


Catherine H. MacLean, MD, PhD, joined Hospital for Special Surgery as the chief value medical officer.

Here are five key notes:


1. In her new role, Dr. MacLean will co-lead the Value Management Office, established to focus on improving how HSS defines, measures and achieves value. She'll lead efforts to improve external quality transparency to give information to consumers and other key stakeholders for making care decisions.


2. Dr. MacLean is a rheumatologist with a medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and doctorate in health services from UCLA School of Public Health.


3. Dr. MacLean's previous experience includes time as staff vice president at WellPoint's Center for Quality Measures and Improvement. She has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare.


4. Hospital for Special Surgery focuses on orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. The hospital is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.


5. The new chief value medical officer role will focus on improving quality and achieving the best cost for care.


"HSS is devoted to delivering the best patient outcomes and experience at the lowest total cost across the episode of care," said Chief Medical Officer Todd Albert, MD. "Together with Dr. MacLean we will work to develop and improve strategies to measure value for treating people with musculoskeletal conditions."


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