Following a thorough and careful selection process, Timothy G. Ferris, MD, has been named chairman and CEO of the MGPO, effective Aug. 1. Ferris serves as senior vice president for Population Health Management for the MGH/MGPO and is the former medical director for the MGPO. He also is the senior vice president for Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare.
Ferris's clinical activity and numerous administrative positions have made him a well-known presence throughout the MGH/MGPO. He has spent his entire career at this institution, beginning with his residency in 1992, training in both internal medicine and pediatrics. He continues today as an active primary care physician in Internal Medicine Associates. His clinical interest involves caring for medically complex patients, and his practice includes making home visits to the elderly.Ferris is a creative and forward-thinking leader who has been the architect, driver, and champion of a wide range of efforts aimed at improving patient care at the hospital and in the community, especially for the sickest and most vulnerable patients and their families.
Since 2012,Ferris has led the design and implementation of system-wide care delivery changes to respond to the changing health care environment, enhancing care delivery, increasing access to care, and reducing the health care cost burden. He has successfully turned new laws, regulations and payment policies into opportunities to provide better care for our patients. In addition to managing new commercial risk contracts, he has led Partners participation in the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and facilitated the transition to the Next Generation ACO and the Medicaid ACO pilot. With 85 percent of all MGH/MGPO primary care patients in risk contracts, these initiatives have been essential for building the infrastructure necessary to deliver higher quality health care, while at the same time helping us succeed in the new payment landscape.
Ferris has played multiple roles at the national level, including chairing the steering committee of the National Quality Forum and, most recently, working as a member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services independent advisory council on physician payment policy.Ferris also established a strategic collaboration with Health Catalyst to foster and accelerate the adoption of advanced data and analytic capabilities. The $30 million initiative has enabled the development and testing of innovative strategies at MGH and Partners to improve outcomes for patients here and across the country. In addition to his past National Institutes of Health and foundation grants,Ferris was integral to the MGH/MGPO’s application and selection as the site of a six-year Medicare demonstration project examining how to redesign care to improve quality and decrease costs for Medicare beneficiaries. That highly successful project received national attention and has become the model for similar programs both in the United States and abroad.
From 2007 to 2014,Ferris served as the MGPO medical director. In that role, he focused on efforts to ensure that physicians felt informed, valued, supported and respected – an important lesson he said he learned as a resident working with many extraordinary role models, including the late Brian A. McGovern, MD, the cardiologist who inspired the McGovern Award for Clinical Excellence.
A 1992 graduate of Harvard Medical School,Ferris completed his clinical training at MGH, and is a 1998 graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications in the areas of health care quality measurement, risk adjustment, health disparities and health information technology.
Ferris succeeds Thomas J. Lynch, Jr., MD, who stepped down from the top MGPO role this past March to assume the position of chief scientific officer at Bristol-Myers Squibb.