I am excited to be joining the Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC) team! In my role as Data Analyst I will be providing analytic support for both the main Michigan Value Collaborative team and the recently formed Obstetrics Initiative (OBI) team. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, I worked as an analyst on several contracts at the University of Michigan School of Public Health funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These projects were related to practice patterns and patient outcomes, and my experiences in this role fit well with the MVC and OBI mission of improving patient outcomes while working on reducing costs.
From my prior experience, I have gained familiarity with the use of Medicare Claims and Consolidated Renal Operations in a Web-enabled Network (CROWNWeb) data while performing data management and analysis for quality measures development, measures reporting, as well as CMS survey and certification processes. I also had the opportunity to interact directly with stakeholders to resolve technical issues, address analytical and methodological concerns and provide software instructional support. It was through my involvement on these projects that I realized the importance of optimal data analytics in informing quality improvement initiatives in healthcare settings. I now eagerly look forward to utilizing my skillset and contributing to MVC’s efforts towards helping hospitals reduce cost and identify best practices to improve care.