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URAC Names 2013 Health Care Stars! Award Winners at Annual Quality Summit and Awards Program
Date:10/1/2013

d Chief Medical Officer, WellPoint, Inc. An innovator of provider payment strategy, Dr. Nussbaum advocates a national policy that shifts from rewarding volume to rewarding value, and is an internal champion of WellPoint’s commitment to transforming the private payment system for hospitals and physicians. His advocacy led WellPoint to become the first major carrier to announce in May 2011 that it will only consider rate increases for hospitals willing to tie payments to improved safety, quality, patient care and value. In addition, Dr. Nessbaum has led the building of Patient Centered Medical Homes across the country, and he was a driving force behind Patient Safety First, a California Partnership for Health initiative that has saved lives, improved care quality, and reduced costs in California’s hospitals.

  •     Leslie Wilchinsky, RN, CCM, Nurse Case Manager for Broadspire
Ms. Wilchinsky went above and beyond the call of duty in her rapid response to an explosion at a local chemical plant that resulted in catastrophic injuries to a number of employees including bone fractures, hearing loss, first degree burns, smoke inhalation, respiratory failures, and traumatic hyperglycemia. Upon receiving the call, she quickly went to the hospital and worked diligently to put the employees and their families at ease with regards to their medical care and their rights under workers’ compensation, providing emotional support and thoroughly answering all questions expressed by the workers and family members.

URAC’s 2013 Health Care Stars! Awards were open to any individuals who work for the more than 600 organizations that have earned or are in the process of earning URAC accreditation. The Awards were judged by a panel of health care industry experts including URAC advisory committee members, board members and key leaders from across the industry. The panel reviewed all of the nominations, looki
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