Former chief medical officer for Washington State Health Care Authority brings extensive health care transformation experience
SEATTLE — Qualis Health, one of the nation’s leading population health management organizations, today announced that Dan Lessler, M.D., M.H.A., has joined the company as Physician Executive for Community Engagement and Leadership. Dr. Lessler brings extensive experience in health care policy and systems change to Qualis Health.
As chief medical officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority, Dr. Lessler led successful statewide efforts to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, address the opioid public health crisis, and create innovative value-based purchasing strategies. He also helped lead the integration of physical and behavioral health for managed care clients while ensuring a strong focus on community engagement and performance measurement as the state moved to a whole-person approach to health care. He is a longtime clinical professor of Medicine and Health Services at the University of Washington’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health and served as the senior associate medical director at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
In his role as physician executive for community engagement and leadership, Dr. Lessler will partner with Medicaid agencies across the country to identify strategies and implement innovations to help them improve the quality and reduce the cost of care for complex patient populations.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lessler to Qualis Health,” said president and CEO Marc Bennett. “As a well-known and widely respected health care policy and transformation expert, he brings valuable vision and practical experience to our team and those we serve.”