The National Quality Forum announced today that Christine Cassel, MD, the long-time president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation, will become its new president and CEO effective mid-summer 2013.
"NQF is deeply fortunate to have Dr. Cassel join us as our new leader," said William Roper, MD, chair of NQF's Board of Directors, in a statement. "Dr. Cassel has the credentials, leadership skills, public respect, credibility and vision needed to run an organization as vital as NQF. At this critical juncture where improved quality is the linchpin to achieving healthcare of the highest value, we believe Dr. Cassel is uniquely qualified to carry NQF's mission forward. We are honored she has chosen to join us in our national quest to improve health and healthcare."
Cassel is no stranger to NQF. As the press release announcing her new position notes, she has participated in NQF-convened committees, including most recently on its Measure Applications Partnership Coordinating Committee.
NQF "is a huge resource for the nation," Cassel told Healthcare Finance News in an interview following an unofficial announcement of her new position during a Maine Health Management Coalition conference in Portland, Maine on Dec. 6.
It is an organization like no other in the country, she said, in that it brings all the stakeholders to the table. As such, she explained, it is positioned to help the healthcare industry do a better job at making performance measurements more meaningful.
Among her career accomplishments, she is a nationally respected expert in geriatric medicine, quality and medical ethics and the author of numerous books and articles. She was the first woman president at the American College of Physicians and the first woman dean of Oregon Health and Science University.
Cassel announced last spring that she would be leaving her position at ABIM, which she has led for a decade, in July 2013.