Kimberly J. Rask, MD PhD is Chief Data Officer at Alliant Health Solutions. With more than 20 years of experience in quality measurement research and practice, she has served as a Medical Director for the CMS funded Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the state of Georgia since 2008. She provides direction for patient safety initiatives and quality data reporting; including health care associated infections, value-based purchasing and community-based readmission reduction programs. She helps monitor quality improvement initiatives across health care settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and physician practices using evidence-based practices and robust performance monitoring measures.
A primary care physician and health economist, Dr. Rask holds joint appointments as Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University, where her research and teaching focus on quality improvement and outcomes measurement. She has published book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on primary care practice, cost-effectiveness, quality improvement and outcomes measurement.
She serves on national expert panels for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Quality Forum, where she is a standing member of the dual eligibles MAP, and a steering committee member for the Data & Testing working group of the Measures Incubator. Dr. Rask also works as a grant reviewer for federal programs and foundations, as well as a journal reviewer for clinical and health services research journals. She is an Executive Board Member for Project Open Hand, an Atlanta-based non-profit that helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through healthy home-delivered meals and nutrition education. A magna cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After completing her residency in Internal Medicine, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and completed the doctoral program in Health Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania along with a Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.