Dr. Christopher Kodama is a Seattle-Tacoma native and serves as the President of MultiCare Connected Care (MCC), a commercial Accountable Care Organization and subsidiary of MultiCare Health System founded in 2014. In this role, Dr. Kodama is responsible for further improving access, quality and affordability of health care for the communities of the Pacific Northwest.
Prior to his current role, he served as the Medical Vice President of Clinical Operations for MultiCare Health System since 2011. In that capacity, he was responsible for physician-related clinical and business operational activities at all six of the MultiCare hospitals and acute care facilities. Dr. Kodama joined MultiCare Health System in 2003 as a pediatric hospitalist at MultiCare-Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center. From 2007-2010, Dr. Kodama served as the Medical Director and Medical VP of Pediatrics for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center.
Dr. Kodama earned his undergraduate degree in Human Biology at Stanford University and graduated from medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his pediatric residency training at New York University-Bellevue Hospital Medical Center where he also served as a Chief Resident before returning to the Pacific Northwest to join MultiCare. Dr. Kodama earned his Masters in Business Administration at University of Tennessee – Knoxville.
Applying his passion for group facilitation, collaboration, and his commitment to patient advocacy, Dr. Kodama has a particular interest in identifying how to flip dilemmas into opportunities to improve the overall health outcomes and well-being of patients and populations.
Effective governance is essential for meaningful and sustained outcomes improvement in healthcare. In this session, MultiCare Health System, an ACO and integrated delivery system, will outline its journey to establishing a comprehensive governance structure and a set of processes to harness the power of analytics, which enables the organization to accelerate and sustain outcomes improvements.
This discussion will cover the four key principles MultiCare used in building the framework for its governance structure:
- Engage stakeholders around a common vision.
- Establish a shared understanding of organizational needs, capabilities, and readiness.
- Create alignment with a consistent improvement methodology, incentives, and priorities.
- Keep focused on practicing disciplined decision making to prioritize, fund, organize, and sustain improvements that require analytics.