Fact Sheet: IMPAQ International Technical Expert Panel Roster for CMS’ Comprehensive End-Stage Renal Disease Care Initiative

Washington, D.C.


December 23, 2013

IMPAQ International recently released a roster of technical experts selected to assist the company in developing and presenting recommendations on a quality performance strategy for the Comprehensive End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Care Initiative, a Medicare payment model being piloted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Earlier this summer, CMS awarded IMPAQ a 5-year contract to provide a range of analytic and program support activities for the Comprehensive ESRD Care Initiative, which aims to improve outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD and reduce total expenditures by creating financial incentives for dialysis facilities, nephrologists, and other Medicare providers and suppliers to collaboratively and comprehensively address the extensive needs of this complex population.

As part of the contract, IMPAQ established a Measure Evaluation Technical Expert Panel (TEP) whose members would assist in developing clinical and patient experience quality measurement recommendations for IMPAQ to present to CMS.

IMPAQ focused on identifying experts who would collectively offer relevant professional and patient experience - including clinicians, consumer advocates, researchers, and health care managers with significant quality measurement expertise in chronic kidney disease management and dialysis care, home dialysis, kidney transplantation, chronic comorbid disease management, and patient quality of life.

The input provided by the TEP members reflects their own individual opinions rather than those of external stakeholders or organizations of which they are members, or IMPAQ International.

Two TEP meetings were held on November 12 and November 15, 2013.  IMPAQ plans on holding an additional three TEP meetings in the upcoming weeks, on December 17, December 20, and one additional meeting in January 2014.

The TEP meetings will consist of the following experts. The list of members below is subject to change at any time:


Member Name

Professional Qualifications/Expertise

 Constance Anderson, BSN, MBA

Experience in dialysis center administration, home dialysis, and working on quality committees

 Robert O. Bonow, MD, MS

Physician with expertise in cardiovascular disease management and performance measurement

 Heidi Bossley, MSN, MBA

Nurse and healthcare quality expert with experience in quality measurement development and endorsement

 Donald E. Casey, Jr., MD, MBA, MPH, FACP, FAHA

Physician with expertise in quality and patient safety

 Allan Collins, MD

Physician with expertise in dialysis quality of care outcomes

 Peter DeOreo, MD

Physician, medical director, and quality officer with experience in quality assessment

 Michael Fischer, MD, MSPH

Nephrologist with experience in clinical performance measurement for chronic and end-stage kidney disease

 Dick Goldman, MD

Physician with experience in developing, vetting and selecting nephrology specific performance measures

 Lori Hartwell

Consumer patient advocate with experience related to dialysis treatment options and kidney transplantation

 Myra Kleinpeter, MD, MPH

Physician with expertise in chronic disease management and hypertension

 Alan Kliger, MD

Physician and quality officer with expertise in clinical practice guideline development

 Derrick Latos, MD

Physician with expertise in measurement of quality outcomes

 Kathe LeBeau

Consumer patient advocate with experience in home hemodialysis and kidney transplantation

 Frank Maddux, MD

Physician with experience working at a dialysis organization and in clinical decision support

 Allen R. Nissenson, MD

Physician with experience working at a dialysis organization and with hemodialysis outcomes

 Dorian Schatell, MS

Experience in kidney disease education, patient self-management, and KDQOL administration

 Joseph Vassalotti, MD

Physician with expertise in patient safety and chronic disease screening, detection, and management.

 John Wagner, MD, MBA

Physician with experience in quality assurance and performance improvement

 Gail S Wick, MHSA, BSN, RN, CNN

Nurse with experience in facility operations and care  models, quality improvement programs and internal quality improvement development and implementation