Asaf Bitton MD, MPH is an Instructor in Medicine at the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Instructor in Health Care Policy at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He is also a member of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Center for Primary Care, where he serves as Core Faculty Lead for Transformation Strategy and Design in the Academic Innovations Collaborative. This collaborative of 18 HMS-affiliated clinics is transforming Harvard-affiliated primary care teaching practices and developing new models of academic and community-based primary care.
He is currently serving as a Special Advisor to the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. This recently launched national multi-payer initiative combines payment reform and practice redesign to transform 500 primary care practices in 7 states over 4 years with the overarching goal of improving quality of care, patient experience, and reducing costs.
His main academic interests are in primary care delivery, policy, and innovation. To that end, he both implements and evaluates the patient centered medical home model, a revamped mode of primary care delivery that is being rapidly disseminated across the US. Specifically, he is evaluating the scope and quality improvement possibilities of various regional and national patient-centered medical home demonstration pilots, with a particular focus on devising quality metrics for the medical home. He also studies health information technology approaches for improving patient engagement and clinical quality within this setting. His recent work in this area has been published in JAMA, Health Affairs, Milbank Quarterly, Archives of Internal Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Medical Care. He chairs the Clinical Quality Working Group in the Patient Centered Medical Home Evaluators’ Collaborative, a national group convened by the Commonwealth Fund.