NEQCA's CMO Appointed as Vice Chair of MHQP Board of Trustees

December 1, 2014

New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA) announced the appointment of its Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Cantor as Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) Board of Trustees. Dr. Cantor served on MHQP’s Physician Council since 2010, and Board since 2012.

“I am delighted that Dr. Cantor has agreed to step in as Vice Chair of MHQP’s Board,” said Meredith Rosenthal, Chair of the MHQP Board, Professor of Health Economics and Policy and the Associate Dean of Diversity at the Harvard School of Public Health. “He has been extremely active and influential both on MHQP's Board and Physician Council since 2010. I particularly value Dr. Cantor’s collaborative style, innovative ideas and insights into the needs and priorities of practicing physicians.”

MHQP is a nationally recognized coalition of health care providers, plans, consumers, government agencies, academics and purchasers working together to promote measureable improvement in the quality of health care services in Massachusetts. MHQP was first in the nation to measure and report statewide on patients’ care experiences with their primary care providers and has been publicly reporting patient experience ratings and quality of primary care services such as screenings and diabetes management since 2006. MHQP recently launched healthcarecompassma.org, new consumer-oriented website that helps Massachusetts residents search and select a primary doctor’s office based on healthcare quality ratings.

Dr. Cantor is a geriatrician and attorney with extensive experience in implementing quality improvement and care management programs for healthcare providers and health plans. In his role as Chief Medical Officer for NEQCA, he is responsible for designing and implementing network-wide population health management programs for almost 1,800 physicians, many of whom are small or solo practices. He is an expert in telehealth, advance care planning, and care of older adults. He trained in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and did his geriatrics fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and attends on the Geriatrics and General Medicine service at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He has degrees in law and medicine from the University of Illinois.

About New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA)

New England Quality Care Alliance is the award winning, not for profit, physician network of Tufts Medical Center. NEQCA is comprised of nearly1,800 physicians located in practices across Eastern Massachusetts, from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod. The NEQCA network is integrated with Tufts Medical Center, the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and the Floating Hospital for Children, the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, please visit: www.neqca.org.                                                          

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP)

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) is a non-profit, broad-based coalition established in 1995 that provides reliable information to help physicians improve the quality of care they provide their patients and help consumers take an active role in making informed decisions about their health care. MHQP’s mission is to drive measureable improvements in health care quality, patients’ experiences of care, and use of resources in Massachusetts through patient and public engagement and broad-based collaboration among health care stakeholders, including physicians, hospitals, health plans, purchasers, patient and public advocates, government agencies, and academics. For more information please visit www.mhqp.org.

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