Center for Clinical Standards and Quality

Lee Fleisher, M.D., CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director
Jean Moody-Williams, Deputy Director
Jeneen Iwugo, Deputy Director

Shari Ling, M.D., Deputy CMS Chief Medical Officer

Michelle Schreiber, M.D., Deputy Director for Quality and Value

Office of Clinician Engagement

Barry Marx, M.D., Director

Business Operations Group

Rachael Weinstein, Director
Sherry Armstead, Deputy Director
Gil Silva, Deputy Director
Division of Administrative Operations - Kurt Austin, Director; Tricia Smith, Deputy Director
Division of Budget and Contract Management - Jeff Pleines, Director, Doug Rimel, Deputy Director

Clinical Standards Group

Lisa Parker, Acting, Director
Scott Cooper, Acting Deputy Director
Division of Institutional Quality Standards - Danielle Shearer, Acting Director
Division of Non-Institutional Quality Standards - Maria Hammel, Director

Coverage and Analysis Group

Tamara Syrek Jensen, Director
Joseph Chin, M.D., Deputy Director
Steven Farmer, Deputy Director
Evidence Development Division - Andrew Ward, Director
Division of Policy and Evidence Review - Melissa Evans, Director; Lori Ashby, Deputy Director
Division of Business Operations - Michelle Atkinson, Director
Division of Policy Coordination and Implementation - Elizabeth Truong, Director

Information Systems Group

Mark Plaugher, Acting Director
Brent Weaver, Acting Deputy Director
Systems Implementation Staff - Mindy Riley, Director; Christopher Reinartz, Deputy Director
Information Security Staff - Thomas Lantz, Acting Director
Division of Quality Systems and Operations Support - Adam Heller,  Director; Roni Garland, Deputy Director
Division of Quality Systems Governance, Engineering, and Development - Ken Howard,  Director; Ginny Valles-McCullough, Deputy Director
Division of PQRS and ESRD Systems - Curtis Phillips, Acting Director; Betina Fletcher, Acting Deputy Director
Division of Hospitals, ASC, and QIO Systems - Debra Santos,  Director; Mark Canfield, Deputy Director
Division of Quality Systems for Assessments and Surveys – Stan Ostrow, Director; Vacant, Deputy Director
Division of Acquisitions and Budget - Traci Archibald, Acting Director; Dana Boritz, Deputy Director

iQuality Improvement and Innovation Group

Anita Monteiro, Acting, Director
Shane Illies, Acting Deputy Director
Paul McGann, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Quality Improvement
Division of Community and Population Health - Melissa Dorsey, Acting Director; Sophia Autrey, Deputy Director,
Sandhya Gilkerson, Acting Regional Program Manager
Division of Beneficiary Reviews and Care Management – Vacant, Director;
Confidence Gbarayor-Hyde,  Deputy Director; Vacant, Regional Program Manager
Division of Strategic Innovation, Evaluation, and Communication - Robert Flemming, Director; Shawan Johnson, Regional Program Manager
Division of Quality Improvement Innovation Models Testing - Vacant,  Director; Marjory Cannon, Acting Deputy Director
Division of Transforming Clinical Practices - Renee Dupee, Director; Vacant, Deputy Director
Division of Kidney Health – Shalon Quinn, Director; Le Tonya Smith, Acting Deputy Director; CDR Todd Johnson, Regional Program Manager

Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group

Michelle Schreiber, M.D., Director
Tamyra Garcia, Deputy Director
Reena Duseja, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Quality Measurement
Division of Chronic and Post Acute Care - Shequila Purnell-Saunders, Director; Mary Pratt, Deputy Director
Division of Quality Measurement - Joseph Clift, Acting Director; Vinitha Meyyur, Deputy Director
Division of Electronic and Clinician Quality - Aucha Prachanronarong, Director; Regina Chell, Deputy Director
Division of Program and Measurement Support - Maria Durham, Director; Helen Dollar-Maples, Deputy Director
Division of Value-Based, Incentives and Quality Reporting - Grace Snyder, Director; Timothy Jackson, Deputy Director

Quality and Safety Oversight Group

David Wright, Director
Tennille Rogers, Deputy Director
Division of Continuing and Acute Care Providers - Stephanie Mozgai, Director
Continuing and Acute Care Providers Branch A – Sara Brice-Payne, Branch Manager
Continuing and Acute Care Providers Branch B – Chaim Lazarus, Branch Manager
Division of Clinical Laboratory Improvement and Quality - Monique Spruill, Director
CLIA Operations Branch A – Daniel Hesselgesser, Branch Manager
CLIA Operations Branch B – Ronisha Blackstone, Branch Manager
CLIA Operations Branch C – Karen Fuller, Branch Manager
CLIA Policy Branch A – Regina Van Brakle, Branch Manager
CLIA Policy Branch B – Amy Zale, Branch Manager
Division of Nursing Homes - Evan Shulman, Director
Quality and Safety Branch – Tia Witherspoon-Udocox, Branch Manager
Oversight and Transparency Branch – Holly Norelli, Branch Manager
Quality and Safety Education Division - Tarnisha Boone,  Director

Survey and Operations Group

Karen Tritz, Acting Director              
Jennifer Dubbs, Deputy Director               
Northeast Survey and Enforcement Division – Lauren Reinertsen, Director
Northeast Acute and Continuing Care Branch – Roxanne Rocco, Branch Manager
Boston LTC Branch – CAPT Hyosim Seon-Spada, Branch Manager
New York LTC Branch – Ronell Copeland, Branch Manager
Philadelphia LTC Branch – Michele Clinton, Branch Manager
Atlanta Survey and Enforcement Division – Linda Smith, Director
Atlanta Acute and Continuing Care Branch – Kirby McGahagin, Branch Manager
Atlanta LTC Branch 1 – Debra Jill Jones, Branch Manager
Atlanta LTC Branch 2 – Stephanie Davis, Branch Manager
Chicago Survey and Enforcement Division – Gregg Brandush, Director
Chicago Acute and Continuing Care Branch – Pamela Para, Acting Branch Manager
Chicago LTC Branch 1 – Christine Vause, Branch Manager
Chicago LTC Branch 2 – Beth Karpiak, Branch Manager
LSC Branch – Steve Pelinski, Branch Manager
Dallas Survey and Enforcement Division – Gerardo Ortiz, Director
Dallas Acute and Continuing Care Branch – Karen Hillman, Branch Manager
Dallas LTC Branch 1 – CAPT James Dickens, Branch Manager
Dallas LTC Branch 2 – Shannon Hills-Cline, Branch Manager
Kansas City and Denver Survey and Enforcement Division – CDR Dianna Wardlow-Dotter, Director
Kansas City and Denver Acute and Continuing Care Branch – Lorena Crowley, Acting Branch Manager
Kansas City LTC Branch – Benton Williams, Acting Branch Manager
Denver LTC Branch – LTC Mutiu Okanlawon, Branch Manager
San Francisco and Seattle Survey and Enforcement Division – Jean Ay, Acting Director; Vacant, Deputy Director
San Francisco and Seattle Acute and Continuing Care Branch – Vacant, Branch Manager
San Francisco LTC Branch 1 – Rufus Arthur, Branch Manager
San Francisco LTC Branch 2 – Paula Perse, Branch Manager
Seattle LTC Branch – CDR Stephanie Magill, Branch Manager

Functional Statement

  • Serves as the focal point for all quality, clinical, medical science issues, survey and certification, and policies for CMS' programs. Provides leadership and coordination for the development and implementation of a cohesive, CMS-wide approach to measuring and promoting quality and leads CMS's priority-setting process for clinical quality improvement. Coordinates quality-related activities with outside organizations. Monitors the quality of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Clinical Laboratory and Improvement Amendments (CLIA). Evaluates the success of interventions.
  • Identifies and develops best practices and techniques in quality improvement; implementation of these techniques will be overseen by appropriate components. Collaborates on demonstration projects to test and promote quality measurement and improvement.
  • Develops, tests evaluate, adopts, and supports performance measurement systems (i.e., quality measures) to evaluate the care provided to CMS beneficiaries except for demonstration projects residing in other components.
  • Assures that CMS's quality-related activities (survey and certification, technical assistance, beneficiary information, payment policies, and provider/plan incentives) are fully and effectively integrated. Carries out the Health Care Quality Improvement Program for the Medicare, Medicaid, and CLIA programs.
  • Oversees the planning, policy, coordination, and implementation of the survey, certification and enforcement programs for all Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers, and for laboratories under the auspices of CLIA.
  • Serves as CMS's lead for management, oversight, budget, and performance issues relating to the survey and certification program and the related interactions with the States.
  • Leads in the specification and operational refinement of an integrated CMS quality information system, which includes tools for measuring the coordination of care between health care settings; analyzes data supplied by that system to identify opportunities to improve care and assess the success of improvement interventions.
  • Develops requirements of participation for providers and plans in the Medicare, Medicaid, and CLIA programs. Revises requirements based on statutory change and input from other components.
  • Operates the Quality Improvement Organization and End-Stage Renal Disease Network program in conjunction with Regional Offices, providing policies and procedures, contract design, program coordination, and leadership in selected projects.
  • Identifies, prioritizes, and develops content for clinical and health-related aspects of CMS's Consumer Information Strategy; collaborates with other components to develop comparative providers and plan performance information for consumer choices.
  • Prepares the scientific, clinical, and procedural basis for coverage of new and established technologies and services and provides coverage recommendations to the CMS Administrator. Coordinates activities of CMS's Technology Advisory Committee and maintains liaison with other departmental components regarding the safety and effectiveness of technologies and services; prepares the scientific and clinical basis for, and recommends approaches to, quality-related medical review activities of carriers and payment policies.
  • Identifies new and innovative approaches and tests for improving quality programs and lowering costs.
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