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Calif. foundation head Smith to step down

By Andis Robeznieks
Posted: January 14, 2013 - 12:00 pm ET

Dr. Mark Smith, the founding president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation, plans to step down at the end of the year.

“It has been a great honor to lead the California HealthCare Foundation in its mission to improve the quality of health care for all Californians,” Smith said in a news release.

Smith, 61, will continue as a clinical faculty member at the University of California San Francisco and practicing at San Francisco General Hospital's Positive Health Program for AIDS patients.

In a separate release, CHCF Board Chairman Ian Morrison praised Smith and noted his leadership in providing technical assistance to safety net providers, implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the adoption and effective use of health information technology.

“Building on Mark Smith's and Vice President of Programs Sam Karp's combined belief, interest, and expertise in the area, CHCF created important tools, technologies, and policy processes to help automate and modernize enrollment in public programs such as Medi-Cal and Healthy Families,” Morrison said. “Health-e-App and One-e-App not only enabled thousands of Californians to secure the coverage they were eligible for, but these pioneering efforts laid critical groundwork and built expertise in online enrollment and user experience design that has informed policy and practice related to implementing the Affordable Care Act in California and nationally.”

Before CHCF, Smith was executive VP of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and served on the National Business Group on Health's board of directors, the National Committee for Quality Assurance's performance measurement committee and the Annals of Internal Medicine editorial board.

Smith also chaired the Institute of Medicine's The Learning Health Care System of America committee, which issued the Best Care at Lower Cost report last September.

“Missed opportunities for better healthcare have real human and economic impacts,” the report concluded. “Current waste diverts resources from productive use, resulting in an estimated $750 billion loss in 2009.”


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