Posted on February 7, 2020

Meet our new President & CEO, Wendy Warring

In case you missed it, Wendy Warring joined the NEHI team as our new President and CEO. Wendy comes to NEHI with extensive experience with our mission, having spent most of her career working to improve access to high quality care in both the public and private sectors.

In case you missed it, Wendy Warring joined the NEHI team as our new President and CEO. Wendy comes to NEHI with extensive experience with our mission, having spent most of her career working to improve access to high quality care in both the public and private sectors.

We are delighted to have her on board! We asked Wendy what she’s most excited about and how she will work with our membership.

What is it about NEHI that attracted you to become the new President and CEO?

Wendy Warring:  The organization’s mission, expertise, and experience!  NEHI is dedicated to identifying and driving forward innovations that will provide cost effective solutions to improving health.  While many organizations have this goal—and there probably cannot be enough of them--NEHI has strong experience in asking the right questions and bringing together the right individuals and organizations to break down the silos that have inhibited these advances.  NEHI has almost unique access to a rich and varied roster of members from across the health care industry, many of which have a long history with NEHI and are invested in its success.   My job at NEHI is the chance to focus on specific problems in a very collaborative way, to evaluate critically what works and what doesn’t, and to figure out the most feasible, if not creative, ways to advance those innovations that make a difference. 

Are there any specific policy issues you’re looking forward to addressing with the cross-sector NEHI membership?

WW:  Right now there are three areas that provide focal points for us:

  • NEHI is well-positioned to continue to address biopharmaceutical innovation. Much of the work we are championing addresses issues relating to value-based payments for “next generation therapies” as well as for existing treatments for chronic conditions.  We are working with members and patient groups to tackle questions about the administration of these alternative payment models and their impact on access to and the affordability of important treatment options. We will also continue our focus on issues related to medication adherence, on which progress over the last decade has been mixed—despite numerous innovations intended to improve the use of drugs instrumental in avoiding larger health care costs.
  • The issue of lowering health care costs and continuing to improve access and convenience for patients necessitates a focus on models of effective community care, especially those that expand workforce capacity to address patient needs.  Coming from more than a decade of work at two children’s hospitals, which increasingly struggle to meet demands for behavioral health services, I am especially interested in exploring community models that address conditions especially relevant to children and adolescents, including autism, ADHD and depression. A focus on effective community care will also leverage NEHI’s most recent work on Health Care Without Walls, which was a comprehensive overview of ways in which health care is evolving.
  • Finally, NEHI is beginning to return to one of its original areas of research and analysis: the reduction of administrative costs in our delivery system.   Administrative functions continue to hamper both innovation and productivity in health care, even as they play an important role in ensuring quality and appropriate utilization.  Much has been written on this topic, but NEHI may be in the right position to identify the practical strategies that providers and payers have implemented successfully to reduce administrative waste, especially with the increasing availability of artificial intelligence tools.  We are in the process of framing this issue more clearly with our membership.

What can the NEHI Membership expect from you in your new role? 

WW: NEHI’s strength lies in our membership. NEHI members can expect my consistent engagement with them, both to identify and pursue solutions to problems that are important to them, and to share NEHI’s research and findings.  I look forward to frequent opportunities for collaborative discussions as well as convenings around specific topics on which NEHI and its members are focused. NEHI will do more to test ideas with members as we pursue research on specific topics, vet our findings with the membership, and continue to take advantage of a powerful brain trust. 

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We look forward to introducing you to Wendy over the coming months!
In the meantime, please feel free to connect with her directly at wwarring@nehi.net
 

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