Group Health Cooperative of Seattles Director of Preventive Care David Grossman, MD, MPH, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), one the nation’s leading independent panels of experts in prevention and primary care. Group Health Cooperative is a member of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), a leadership organization composed of high performing, integrated health plans. Dr. Grossman is also a senior investigator for the Group Health Center for Health Studies, and a professor of health services and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University ofWashington. He is widely recognized for his research on injury prevention among children and teens.
Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the USPSTF has 16 members who conduct rigorous, impartial assessments of the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of a broad range of clinical preventive services, including screening, counseling, and preventive medications. Its recommendations are considered the “gold standard” for clinical preventive services.
“We at Group Health are aligning most of our prevention guidelines to the USPSTF, saving us lots of time and effort to do the huge amount of reviewing work that is done by and for the task force,” Dr. Grossman said.
“This is a significant honor for Dr. Grossman, who is a leader in the nation in clinical prevention,” said Dr. Hugh Straley, Group Health Medical Direct. “Group Health also shares this distinction as a health care system nationally recognized for prevention strategies and evidenced-based medicine.”
“Dr. Grossman’s breadth of professional experience as a clinician, researcher, educator, and medical group and health plan leader will be a valuable addition to the USPSTF,” said Patricia Smith, the President and CEO of ACHP. “Compliance with the USPSTF recommendations yields better health care for everyone. In addition, systematic efforts to utilize appropriate preventive care are a low cost, high yield approach to getting value for our health care dollars.”
ACHP represents innovative health plans and provider organizations that continually strive to deliver the highest quality health care, improve the health of their patients, maximize patient satisfaction, and reduce per capita health care costs. ACHP members consistently rank as among America’s best plans at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care to their communities. ACHP health plans have deep roots in the communities they serve, and provide health insurance and coverage to over 15 million individuals in the United States. Drawing on years of experience, members collaborate, share strategies and best practices, and work toward solutions to some of the biggest challenges in health care delivery and policy. More information is available at www.achp.org.
About Group Health Cooperative
Marking its 60th year, Group Health Cooperative is an innovative, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that integrates care and coverage. Along with its subsidiary carriers, Group Health Options, Inc. and KPS Health Plans, Group Health works to improve the health of more than 576,000 members in Washington and Idaho. Nearly 10,000 staff employed by Group Health and Group Health Permanente, its contracted, multispecialty group practice, provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to members and the broader community through medical and specialty centers, hospitals, a charitable foundation, and a nationally recognized research center. For more information, visit http://www.ghc.org/.