Quality Improvement Committee (QIC)

The QIC is made up of about two dozen clinician leaders from major medical groups, hospitals and health plans from around the state. The QIC meets bi-monthly and oversees the Alliance’s quality reporting, including clinical and patient experience measures. Beginning with the first report, the QIC has been front and center in selecting the quality measures included in the Community Checkup and developing the reporting methods used by the Alliance (e.g., provider attribution methods, as well as methods to ensure statistical reliability of results and thresholds for public reporting). Having clinician leaders lead this process through countless discussions and meetings over the years has been key in building provider support and trust in the public reporting conducted by the Alliance.

Name Title Organization
Mary Anderson, MD Chief Clinical Integration and Quality Officer The Polyclinic/Physician Care Alliance/Physicians Care Network
Caryn Avery, MD Program Chief for Pediatrics Kaiser Permanente Washington
Edwin Carmack, MD Quality Medical Director Confluence Health
Kavita Chawla, MD Chair, EBM Education Committee Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Francis Gough, MD Chief Medical Officer Molina Healthcare
Kim Herner, MD Chief Quality Officer UW/Valley Medical Center
Richard Hourigan, MD (Vice Chair) Market Medical Executive, Pacific Northwest Cigna
Steven Jacobson, MD (Chair) Medical Director, Government Programs Premera Blue Cross
Matthew Jaffy, MD Associate Medical Director University of Washington Medicine Neighborhood Clinics
Cat Mazzawa Senior Director, Safety and Quality Washington State Hospital Association
Andrew Oliveira, MD Executive Medical Director Regence BlueShield
Komal Patil-Sisodia, MD Ambulatory Quality Officer EvergreenHealth
Wayne Rawlins, MD Chief Medical Officer WellSpark Health
Jeanne Robinson, MD Quality Vice President Northwest Permanente
Nicole Saint Clair, MD Executive Medical Director Regence BlueShield
Michael Shannon, MD Physician Executive and Chief Medical Officer PSW
Pamela Sheffield, MD Medical Director Aetna
Paul Sherman, MD Chief Medical Officer Community Health Plan of Washington
Hugh Straley, MD Chair Dr. Robert Bree Collabortive
John Vassall, MD Clinical Associate Professor Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Judy Zerzan, MD Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Quality and Care Transformation Washington State Health Care Authority