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During her career, Deborah Peartree has partnered with Medicaid managed care organizations, independent practice associations, primary care practices, long-term care facilities, and public health entities. Her expertise includes training and teaching in a variety of settings, overseeing performance and quality improvement, leading practice transformations, and establishing collaborations to better serve safety net populations.

Ms. Peartree is an experienced provider and teacher who developed and trained care managers and facilitated primary care practice improvement by working directly with physicians, providers, and practice staff to improve workflow, care team effectiveness, and community collaboration. She established and continues to support a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) collaborative as a shared learning environment for practices pursuing National Committee for Quality Assurance PCMH recognition and practice improvement.

Ms. Peartree served as executive director of the Rochester Integrated Health Network, Inc., where she worked to pursue collaborative strategies to improve healthcare for safety net populations among hospital systems and federally qualified health centers.

As executive director of the Greater Rochester Health Home Network, LLC, she established and led a health home organization which provided care management services for 25,000 of the highest risk and highest need Medicaid recipients in a 13-county service area of upstate New York. She directed clinical strategy and improvement at Monroe Plan for Medical Care where she supported clinical staff in the development and implementation of improvement strategies, care enhancement initiatives, practice, and community-based organization improvement activities. She also directed clinical strategy at the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency working with community partners to establish the clinical platform for a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Challenge Award grant including the training and deployment of care managers and planning of practice support strategy.

Ms. Peartree shared her knowledge as a clinical instructor at the University of Rochester where she taught quality improvement application in practice. She developed and taught health systems planning in the Health Systems Administration graduate program for Rochester Institute of Technology.

She was selected by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to serve as one of 72 Innovation Advisors and is an Institute for Healthcare Improvement certified improvement advisor.

Ms. Peartree earned her master’s degree in health systems administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, and her bachelor’s degree in biology and nursing from State University of New York.

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