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CIVHC Board Chair selected for Innovation Advisors Program


January 4, 2012
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Board Chair for the Center for Improving Value in Health Care, Dr. Jay Want, selected for national Innovation Advisors Program to improve care for patients

January 4, 2012 – DENVER – Jay Want, MD, board chair of the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) has been selected to be in the initial class of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Advisors Program, an elite group of national health care leaders who comprise the leading edge of health care reinvention. CIVHC sponsored Dr. Want’s application for this program.

“We are delighted that CMS has recognized Jay’s remarkable contributions and commitment to contain costs and improve the health and patient experience of Coloradans,” said Phil Kalin, president and CEO of CIVHC. “We are proud to support Jay’s participation in this program as it provides a wonderful opportunity for him and CIVHC to share and learn from innovators throughout the United States. 

Dr. Want is one of 73 individuals from 27 States and the District of Columbia selected for the Innovation Advisors Program and is among four Coloradans selected. The initiative will help health professionals deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs. Funding for this initiative is provided through the CMS Innovation Center and was made possible by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

Innovation Advisors will work with the CMS Innovation Center to test new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities. Among other duties, the Advisors will be expected to support the Innovation Center in testing new models of care delivery, to form partnerships with local organizations to drive delivery system reform, and to improve their own health systems so their communities will have better health and better care at a lower cost.

“We’re looking to these Innovation Advisors to be our partners—we want them to discover and generate new ideas that will work and help us bring them to every corner of the United States,” said CMS Innovation Center Director Rick Gilfillan, M.D.

Dr. Want was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter in April of 2009 to serve as chair of the board for the CIVHC. He is the former president and CEO of Physician Health Partners, LLC, a management services organization serving over 50,000 covered lives in Colorado. He is board-certified in internal medicine, and was a primary care internist in private practice. Currently Jay is principal of Want Healthcare, LLC and consults nationally on healthcare transformation efforts.

In 2010, Dr. Want received the John K. Iglehart Award for leadership in health care policy from The Colorado Health Foundation, which recognizes the individual whose wisdom, involvement, and leadership have helped define and move forward positive reform in health care. 

CIVHC will receive a stipend of up to $20,000. The stipend will be used to support Dr. Want’s activities while serving as an Innovation Advisor.

More information about the Innovation Advisors Program, including a fact sheet and a list of participants and their affiliated organizations, can be found at:

About the Center for Improving Value in Health Care
The Center for Improving Value in Health Care is a nonpartisan and independent organization, whose mission is to foster creative initiatives for improving health and healthcare, containing costs, and ensuring that Coloradans have transparent and available data to make the best healthcare decisions. CIVHC’s board and partners include a diverse statewide constituency of health care consumers, providers, health plans, businesses and policy makers. For more information about the Center for Improving Value in Health Care, please visit