David Nash

  • Professor of Health Policy
  • Expert on management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement
  • One of the Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare

David Nash is the Founding Dean and the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy at the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  JSPH provides innovative educational programming designed to develop healthcare leaders for the future.  Its offerings include Masters Programs in Public Health, Healthcare Quality and Safety, Health Policy, Chronic Care Management and Applied Health Economics. 

Dr. Nash is a board certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement.  In 1995, he was awarded the Latiolais Prize by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.  He received the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in October 1997 and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998.  In 2006, he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from NAHDO.  In 2009, Dr. Nash received the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award.

Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his national activities cover a wide scope.  He served as Chair of a National Quality Forum Technical Advisory Panel and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Care Continuum Alliance (formerly DMAA).  Dr. Nash is a principal faculty member for quality of care programming for the American College of Physician Executives in Tampa, Florida, and is the developer of the ACPE Capstone Course on Quality.  He also leads the academic joint venture between ACPE and  the JSPH.

Dr. Nash is a consultant to organizations in both the public and private sectors.  He has chaired the Technical Advisory Group of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council for a decade where he helped to pioneer public reporting of outcomes.   In December 2009, he was named to the Board of Directors for Humana Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies.  In March 2011, he joined the Board of Directors of Endo Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company headquartered in Chadds Ford, PA.  He recently was appointed to the Board of Main Line Health – a four hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, PA. From 1998–2008, he served on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio where he chaired the Board Committee on Quality and Safety.   

Through publications, public appearances, his blog and an online column on MedPage Today, Dr. Nash reaches more than 100,000 persons every month.  He has authored more than 100 articles in major journals.  He has edited twenty-one books, including A Systems Approach to Disease Management, Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer, The Quality Solution, Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century, Governance for Healthcare Providers and, most recently, Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness.  From 1984 to 1989, he was Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine.  Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of four major national journals including American Journal of Medical Quality, Population Health Management, P&T, and Biotechnology Healthcare.

Dr. Nash received his BA in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College; his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he was recently named to the Alumni Council; and his MBA in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  While at Penn, he was a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Medical Director of a nine-physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.

Dr. Nash lives in Lafayette Hill Pennsylvania, with his wife of more than thirty years, Esther J. Nash, MD.  They have fraternal twin twenty-three-year old daughters and a twenty-year old son.  He is an avid tennis player.      

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The Power of Population Health

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David Nash is the Founding Dean and the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy at the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  JSPH provides innovative educational programming designed to develop healthcare leaders for the future.  Its offerings include Masters Programs in Public Health, Healthcare Quality and Safety, Health Policy, Chronic Care Management and Applied Health Economics. 

Dr. Nash is a board certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement.  In 1995, he was awarded the Latiolais Prize by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.  He received the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in October 1997 and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998.  In 2006, he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from NAHDO.  In 2009, Dr. Nash received the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award.

Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his national activities cover a wide scope.  He served as Chair of a National Quality Forum Technical Advisory Panel and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Care Continuum Alliance (formerly DMAA).  Dr. Nash is a principal faculty member for quality of care programming for the American College of Physician Executives in Tampa, Florida, and is the developer of the ACPE Capstone Course on Quality.  He also leads the academic joint venture between ACPE and  the JSPH.

Dr. Nash is a consultant to organizations in both the public and private sectors.  He has chaired the Technical Advisory Group of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council for a decade where he helped to pioneer public reporting of outcomes.   In December 2009, he was named to the Board of Directors for Humana Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies.  In March 2011, he joined the Board of Directors of Endo Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company headquartered in Chadds Ford, PA.  He recently was appointed to the Board of Main Line Health – a four hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, PA. From 1998–2008, he served on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio where he chaired the Board Committee on Quality and Safety.   

Through publications, public appearances, his blog and an online column on MedPage Today, Dr. Nash reaches more than 100,000 persons every month.  He has authored more than 100 articles in major journals.  He has edited twenty-one books, including A Systems Approach to Disease Management, Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer, The Quality Solution, Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century, Governance for Healthcare Providers and, most recently, Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness.  From 1984 to 1989, he was Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine.  Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of four major national journals including American Journal of Medical Quality, Population Health Management, P&T, and Biotechnology Healthcare.

Dr. Nash received his BA in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College; his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he was recently named to the Alumni Council; and his MBA in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  While at Penn, he was a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Medical Director of a nine-physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.

Dr. Nash lives in Lafayette Hill Pennsylvania, with his wife of more than thirty years, Esther J. Nash, MD.  They have fraternal twin twenty-three-year old daughters and a twenty-year old son.  He is an avid tennis player.      

Demand Better
Revive our BROKEN healthcare system

Much of the healthcare debate is centered on cost - the skyrocketing cost of direct patient care, the cost to insure millions of currently uninsured people, the administrative costs that eat up a large chunk of every healthcare dollar, the cost of defensive medicine to avert malpractice lawsuits. How can it be that we spend more than $700 billion each year on medical care that fails to improve patients' health and often harms them?The problems are cultural. We "know," for example, that modern medicine is largely backed up by solid science. We boast that our delivery system is superior because we offer access to more and newer services than any other country. We've focused a great deal on safety improvement over the past decade. Our physicians and hospitals are paid to deliver the right care. Our medical schools are the envy of the world. All of this we know.

There is no easy fix to these problems, of course. But there is a best place to look: focus on quality. This is a book about debunking healthcare myths through the lens of quality. Poor healthcare quality derives from uncertainty in clinical decision-making, from persistent unexplained variation in physician practice patterns, from still-inadequate accountability for quality and patient safety, from payment for piecework and from medical training curriculum that is decades behind the curve. Reclaiming quality by addressing each of these deficiencies will transform the economics of our healthcare system.

This is not a utopian critique. It is based on a quality revolution that is already underway and is gradually transforming the way medical care is delivered in the U.S. This is a pivotal moment in American healthcare delivery, marked by tremendous innovation. Much of that innovation is aimed at "busting" our counterproductive myths: improving physician decision-making, building a better research base to compare the effectiveness of different treatments for the same medical condition, devising accountability mechanisms that work, piloting second-generation pay-for-performance models, paying greater attention to quality improvement in medical training curriculum and expanding access to quality care in non-traditional venues.

Even the reader who thinks he or she knows all about some of the topics in this book will appreciate the manner in which DEMAND BETTER! integrates these topics into a cohesive appraisal of core problems and cutting-edge solutions that are of great interest to them. DEMAND BETTER! synthesizes for the healthcare executive the many trends, initiatives, reports, organizations and policies that look beyond our healthcare myths and stand on the front lines of the quality and safety revolution.

The Quality Solution

(Based on the book by the same name)
Dr. Nash calls on the fields of public health, health administration, medicine, health law, and public policy to improve the quality of health care in the US and participate in the system's transformation. This program offers an overview of current problems and inadequacies; the measures and tools of quality improvement; the role of stakeholders including physicians, employers, and patients; and future possibilities offered by information technology, medical education, and other realms.

Healthcare Quality; Vision, Strategy And Tools
His program compiles the most current information on quality issues, tools and strategies impacting healthcare. His core premise is that the key to effective improvement is centering all efforts on the needs of patients. With the future of healthcare revolving around the patient, the tools from this program prove invaluable . Key points include:

Collecting Data and the various sources that feed into quality improvement
Approaches for analyzing data to measure performance improvement
Establishing measures to assess physician performance
Assessing patients' experiences within important dimensions of care
Developing balanced scorecards or dashboards
Clinical IT capability needs
The relationship of the law to quality improvement
Leading quality-improvement efforts and managing change.


Practicing Medicine In The 21st Century
Dr. Nash discusses the challenges facing physicians today, the characteristics of an ideal practice, how physicians can improve the quality of their care, how physicians can prepare for pay-for-performance (P4P) and the extra training that physicians might find useful in the new era of medical practice.


Medical Errors & Clinical Quality Issues

Advisory Board Development

Public Accountability

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A Platinum Anniversary
Monday, September 26, 2016

Dr. David Nash, considered one of the most powerful person’s in healthcare, is a preeminent expert in population health and the overall status of patient quality and safety within the healthcare industry.  In his blog Dr. Nash discusses his presentation entitled “Demand Better” at the Independent Hospital Network Board Retreat in Ohio earlier this month.  His presentation was evaluated as one of the best at the retreat.      

September 15, 2016

by David B. Nash, MD, MBAin On The Roadtagged: Aultman Health Foundation, IHN, Independent Hospital Network, Integrated Health Collaborative

I recently participated in the 20th Anniversary celebration of Independent Hospital Network (IHN), a consortium of five hospitals spread across four counties in Central Ohio at their celebratory meeting in Columbus.  The IHN is composed of five independent not-for-profit hospitals who realized, more than 20 years ago, that only by standing together can they survive the tsunami of change that characterizes our healthcare system.  They truly have been ahead of the curve in many respects.

Based on key core values, including the maintenance of local control and their not-for-profit status, these five independent hospitals have been sharing information and benchmarking local best practices for many years.

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