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Christina Clark recently was appointed clinical project leader for the transforming clinical practice initiative (TCPi) for USA Physicians Group.
In her new position, Clark will assist USA Physicians Group clinics in preparing for the transition from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based care.
“Payments with the value-based care model relates to the quality of care provided and rewards care that is both efficient and effective, changing the way health care services are delivered and reimbursed,” said Dr. Natalie Fox, director of nursing for USA Physicians Group. “I am excited that Chris joined our team and her knowledge of both quality improvement and health care informatics will support improvement in the quality of care, efficiency, timely access and patient engagement in our practices as we transition to a value-based model.”
According to Clark, her overarching goal is to bridge the gap between IT and medicine while helping practitioners overcome any challenges they face to continue providing high quality care to their communities. “I am familiar with CMS and watched doctors and practitioners deal with regulations and changes while trying to provide quality care to their patients,” she said. “The aim of TCPi is to assist providers with health care’s transformation while they take care of the day-to-day operations of patient care.”
Clark credits her clinical experiences as a nurse in acute care settings for providing her with useful tools she can now apply as clinical project leader. “I was a bedside nurse for many years and came to realize the benefit of patient engagement in their health care,” she said. “By addressing the importance of value of care provided we will eventually realize a stronger, healthier population.”
Previously, Clark served as medical staff quality assurance coordinator at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.
Prior to joining USA, Clark served as a quality specialist at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Mobile College, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is currently completing her master of nursing informatics degree at USA.
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