Dr. Walter Lin, Associate Medical Director in Missouri, is appointed to prestigious PTAC
Dr. Walter Lin, an Associate Medical Director for Prospero in Missouri, was recently appointed to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), an independent federal advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on stakeholder-submitted physician-focused payment models and related topics.
“Dr Lin has been a great clinician and leader for the Missouri community and for our clinicians practicing there,” said Dr. Dave Moen, Prospero’s Medical Group President. “His deep experience, thoughtful style, and practical insights will add quick and lasting value for this PTAC group and ultimately for us and the patients we all serve.”
Dr. Lin’s prestigious appointment was announced in mid-October by Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (read the full press release from the U.S. Government Accountability Office). Dodaro is responsible for appointing members to PTAC, which was established by Congress in 2015 to provide comments and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on physician payment models. Dr. Lin is one of three new appointments to the 11-person advisory committee.
“Appropriately aligning incentives to improve quality, cost, and patient outcomes is something I’m passionate about,” said Dr. Lin. “I’m excited to serve on PTAC to help increase awareness of important policy and payment issues that may affect health care quality and access, and inform our nation’s transition to value-based care with the ideas, experiences, and feedback of frontline clinicians.
“PTAC was created to contribute to a national priority to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. health care delivery system,” Dr. Lin continued, “and it provides a forum where those in the field may directly convey both their ideas and their concerns on how to deliver high-value care for Medicare beneficiaries and others seeking health care services in our nation.”
In addition to his part-time role with Prospero, Dr. Lin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Generation Clinical Partners, a medical practice focused on caring for frail patients in senior living communities. He also serves as the Medical Director for American Health Advantage of Missouri, an institutional special needs plan, and he is the Medical Director of various skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. An active member of The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA), Dr. Lin serves on its Public Policy Committee, representing AMDA on the CMS Unified Post-Acute Care Payment System Technical Expert Panel.
Dr. Lin trained in internal medicine at Yale and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco. He received a Master of Health and Medical Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Stanford University.