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Margaret E. O’Kane
Margaret E. O’Kane is founder and president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and has received the Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, as well as the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.
Modern Healthcare magazine has named O’Kane one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” 12 times, and one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” 3 times.
She is a board member of the Milbank Memorial Fund and the Institute for Exceptional Care. She is also a board member and former board chair of Healthwise, a nonprofit organization that helps people make better health decisions.
O’Kane holds a master’s degree in health administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
- The Need for Health Equity and Payment Reform
- Evolving Quality Measurement for the Digital Age
- Helping Organizations Succeed in a Value-Based World
Brad Ryan, MD
Chief Product Officer
Dr. Brad Ryan is NCQA’s first ever Chief Product Officer. His addition to NCQA leadership signals the organization’s commitment to build on its existing quality measurement expertise with the promise of new technology, digital measurement and telehealth. He leads NCQA’s pioneering work in digital quality transformation and manages growth and evolution of its existing health care measurement, evaluation and improvement programs.
Dr. Ryan’s prior work includes numerous assists with NCQA’s digital quality initiatives, most recently as co-founder and Chief Solutions & Product Officer at Apervita, a collaborative platform for value-based health care. He also supported NCQA’s Natural Language Processing work with UPMC Enterprises. Dr. Ryan’s professional background is a “perfect storm” of skills and experience for the newly created position. In addition to Apervita, Brad has held leadership roles at IMS Health and McKinsey & Company.
Dr. Ryan earned his medical degree at John’s Hopkins School of Medicine. He studied engineering, computer science and mathematics as an undergraduate at the University of Alabama. To this day, he remains firmly committed to “Roll Tide” and to his family and friends in Alabama.
- Digital Health
- Digital Quality Transformation
- Digital Measurement
Sarah Shih, MPH
Assistant Vice President, Research and Analysis
Sarah C. Shih, MPH, is the Assistant Vice President of Research and Analysis for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care by translating the best science into standards that save lives, reduces costs and help people stay healthy. Ms. Shih co-leads NCQA’s Health Equity strategy to make health equity a cornerstone of quality improvement. Ms. Shih previously served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Equitable Health Systems in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
- Health Equity Strategy
- Interpretation of HEDIS and CAHPS
- Methods in Monitoring Health
Philip Saynisch, PhD
Philip Saynisch is a research scientist at the National Committee for Quality Assurance. His work aims to identify the drivers of performance for healthcare organizations and providers, and the mechanisms by which this performance can change over time. He studies the impact of delivery system reform on the quality and impact of primary care, and has explored the impact of experience on judgment and skill in kidney transplantation.
- Improving race and ethnicity data to support equity
- Improving patient-centered primary care
- Explaining variation in outpatient care
Rachel Harrington, PhD
Rachel Harrington is a research scientist at the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She leads the measurement team focused on development and testing of risk-adjusted healthcare resource utilization quality measures. She is responsible for developing strategies to advance health equity in quality measurement, including methods to promote transparency, incentivize reduction of inequities and build more inclusive approaches to measurement. She also serves as the subject matter expert for measures of appropriate medication use in the elderly.
- Health equity in quality measurement
- Risk-adjusted health resource utilization
- Appropriate medication use in the elderly
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