American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) Consortium task force developing outpatient performance measures for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’, Doctors' Office Quality project in the areas of hypertension, coronary disease, and heart failure. He serves on the AHA/ACC Joint Task Force on Performance Measures; is a member of AHA’s Outcomes Research Interdisciplinary Working Group and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Expert Panel on Outcomes Research; and cofounded the Annual AHA/ACC Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research. He also founded the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Consortium and CV Outcomes, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the advancement of health care quality and outcomes research in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Spertus received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and his masters in public health from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

I. Steven Udvarhelyi, M.D. Dr. Udvarhelyi is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Independence Blue Cross and its affiliated companies Keystone Health Plan East and AmeriHealth. In this role, he has overall responsibility for medical management programs and policies and is chief medical spokesperson for the company. In addition, he serves as executive sponsor for the Corporate Data Warehouse initiative. Dr. Udvarhelyi has more than 10 years of experience in the managed care industry. Prior to his current position, he worked for Prudential Health Care as National Medical Director, and later as Vice President of Operations for Prudential’s four health plans in Florida. He has also served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Udvarhelyi is on the board of directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the National Council of Physician Executives, and is also Chairman of the American Association of Health Plans Committee on Quality Care. He is a board-certified internist who completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota and completed a fellowship in general medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Udvarhelyi is a graduate of Harvard University and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has a masters degree in health services administration from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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