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Jacob K. Quinton, MD, MS, FACP

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Jake is a primary care internist and health services researcher passionate about improving care for the ‘safety net’ and the equity of all care delivery systems, now beginning a role as a federal medical officer within the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

As a second career physician, Jake started as a secondary educator in the New Orleans education reform movement and went to medical and public health school in New Orleans. During medical school he developed an STI screening and comprehensive reproductive health education program for his former students, and as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow created the first student-led ‘hotspotting’ or patient navigation programs for the most challenging patients (to be) in the New Orleans safety net. These experiences led him to train in primary care internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital with a continuity clinic at the center of excellence in primary care at the West Haven VA, where he was awarded a distinction in quality improvement and physician leadership, was a Johnson and Johnson global health scholar rotating in free clinics and schools in rural western Tennessee, and became fascinated by the science of risk stratification and complex case management. He was awarded the Dunbar Award in Population Health Research by Johns Hopkins GIM for this residency research. This fascination led him to UCLA as a National Clinician Scholar where he was awarded developed new analytic methods to segment high-cost populations for complex case management for which he was awarded an NIH health disparities LRP. Following the upsurge in telemedicine use in clinical practice after March 2020, he published on telemedicine access, equity, and quality issues. Now at the Innovation Center he works on value-based payment models for specialty care and primary care specialty integration.

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