KNG Health Expands its Health Policy and Quality Measurement Expertise

November 15, 2019

KNG Health is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Robert C. Saunders, Principal Research Associate, to the Healthcare Reform and Payment Innovation Practice.  Dr. Saunders brings significant expertise in the development, testing and reporting of quality and value measures from administrative and clinical data systems.  In his role at KNG Health, Dr. Saunders will lead efforts to design and assess quality measures and value-based purchasing (VBP) programs for hospitals, post-acute care (PAC) facilities, and other providers and payers.

Prior to joining KNG Health, Dr. Saunders worked at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), as a Senior Data Scientist.  At NCQA, he developed the Plan All-Cause Readmission measure that would result in a suite of risk adjusted utilization measures for health plans to use in private and public accountability programs. He also developed or consulted on the design of NCQA’s Health Plan Ratings program, the Office of Personnel Management’s Clinical Quality, Customer Service, and Resource Use (QCR) incentive program for federal health insurance plans, the Quality Rating System for plans on the federal and state Exchanges, and a variety of state and special population reporting systems.

“KNG Health has been active in assisting clients in critically evaluating VBP programs and developing policy recommendations to improve these initiatives”, said Lane Koenig, President of KNG Health Consulting, LLC.  “Robert will add greatly to our capabilities, as payers and policy makers look to implement the next generation of VBP programs.”


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