California healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente announced Thursday its new chief medical officer is a policy specialist from the University of California at San Francisco.
Oakland-based Kaiser said Dr. Andrew Bindman is the not-for-profit health system's new executive vice president and CMO. In the role, he'll collaborate with clinical and operational leaders throughout the organization as they work to improve care provided to members.
Bindman will report directly to Kaiser CEO Greg Adams, who has been at the helm for about a year.
"Andy brings unparalleled experience in population health and policy, along with a stellar track record of improving health access and outcomes by embedding research, evidence, and measurement into care delivery," Adams said in a statement. "I am confident that, working in collaboration with our Permanente Medical Groups, he will accelerate our quality strategy to enable our enterprise approach, improving quality and equitable outcomes across Kaiser Permanente."
Bindman spent more than 30 years at UCSF practicing and teaching clinical medicine and conducting research on health access and outcomes, Kaiser said. At UCSF, Bindman published more than 180 scientific articles. He also served as a core faculty member in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies in addition to his role as professor medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics.
Bindman has served as a policy fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee and as a senior advisor for HHS, where he helped draft and implement the Affordable Care Act. After that, he was a director for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Bindman currently is co-leading an effort with CMS to create radiology quality measures. He's also a co-founder of Alara Imaging, which aims to boost diagnostic imaging quality and safety. Bindman was founding director of the California Medicaid Research Institute.
A graduate of Harvard College and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Bindman is a board-certified general internist. He currently serves on the National Academy of Medicine's board for health care services.
Kaiser drew $4.5 billion in net income in the second quarter of 2020, which ended June 30. Its operating revenue was $22.1 billion in the quarter.