INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anthem, Inc. announced today that Craig Samitt, MD, MBA, executive vice president and chief clinical officer of the company has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
“As our industry and the needs of health care consumers continue to evolve, quality improvement remains a key priority for Anthem and our health care system,” said Dr. Craig Samitt, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Anthem, Inc. “NCQA has led the advancement of health care quality for more than 25 years, and I am both honored to serve on this Board and eager to contribute to the pursuit of its important mission.”
The NCQA is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.
NCQA is governed by an independent Board of Directors, which consists of 15 members plus the NCQA president. The board represents a multi-stakeholder perspective of improving health care system quality through delivery system, reform and transparency; and includes representatives from purchasers, clinicians, public policy experts, consumer groups and health systems.
“Craig Samitt brings a unique combination of prepaid group practice and payer experience to the NCQA Board. He has deep operational experience in the design of delivery systems to achieve quality, affordable care,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “We are excited to have him join our board at this time of change and rethinking of roles in the world of quality and accountability.”
At Anthem, Dr. Samitt oversees the company’s medical and quality management, corporate medical and pharmacy policy, health care analytics, and provider collaboration and payment innovation divisions. He is responsible for the implementation and execution of strategic priorities to efficiently and effectively manage the company’s total cost of care, advance the quality and delivery of health care and work to improve patient outcomes for the company’s 38 million medical members in its affiliated health plans. In addition, Dr. Samitt works closely with Anthem leadership and its business divisions to develop innovations aimed at the transformation of health care in the U.S.
In 2015, Dr. Samitt was appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to serve as second three-year term as MedPAC Commissioner. MedPAC is an influential, independent Congressional Agency established to advise Congress on policies related to payments to private health plans participating in Medicare and health care providers serving Medicare beneficiaries. He also lectures extensively about the transformation of U.S. health care and serves as an annual faculty lecturer at the Wharton School of Business.
About Anthem, Inc.
Anthem is working to transform health care with trusted and caring solutions. Our health plan companies deliver quality products and services that give their members access to the care they need. With over 72 million people served by its affiliated companies, including more than 38 million enrolled in its family of health plans, Anthem is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. For more information about Anthem’s family of companies, please visit www.antheminc.com/companies.