Dr. Elissa Charbonneau
Chief medical officer, Encompass Health
Since 2015, Charbonneau has overseen medical operations at the company’s 149 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, 55 of which are joint ventures, along with its 252 home health and 99 hospice locations. Her strategy includes refining data analysis to target better quality of care: She has implemented one tool that mines the system’s electronic health record system to identify patients at high risk of readmissions, and another that helps reduce opioid prescriptions by tracking morphine milligram-equivalent doses rather than the number of pills prescribed. To help achieve quality goals, her team shares best practices across all the organization’s facilities. Charbonneau also works as a faculty member in a continuing education program on stroke care and as a member of the quality committee at the Federation of American Hospitals.