Podcast Patrick Conway


Episode #4 Featuring Patrick Conway, MD, MSc

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, is the CEO of Care Solutions at Optum. Dr. Conway is working to drive change faster, including value-based care, and standardized mental health quality measures.

About Patrick Conway, MD, MSc

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, currently serves as the CEO of Care Solutions at Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group. He is responsible for leading a platform of innovative and value-based offerings including home-based services, care for dual eligible beneficiaries, urgent care centers, hospital and post-acute care, behavioral health and federal health services. This national platform serves tens of millions of people across the care continuum to achieve better health, exceptional experience, and lower costs. From 2017-2019, he was President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina leading the organization to be recognized nationally for innovation, value-based payment, and investments in better health outcomes.

From 2011-17, Conway served as Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and as Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Conway joined CMS in 2011 as the agency’s Chief Medical Officer. As the most senior non-political leader at CMS, he worked in both Republican and Democratic administrations and is considered one of the driving forces behind the national movement to value-based care. 

Before joining CMS, he oversaw clinical operations and quality improvement at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He remains a practicing pediatric hospitalist. 

A respected leader, innovator and clinician, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2014 and received the President’s Senior Executive Distinguished Service award. 

Conway completed his pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital Boston, graduated with high honors from Baylor College of Medicine, and graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University. He is married with four children.

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We should commit to common measures: It’s in public and private interest to have aligned measures. We’re not there yet. Too many payers have different quality measures, and in mental health, we have work to do to embed that into all of our payment systems.