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Harvard Medical School
Department of Health Care Policy
180 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5899
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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‚Äô Collaborative, a national group convened by the Commonwealth Fund.
He also studies the spread of non-communicable diseases globally, and has been involved in global tobacco control research since 2000. He formerly served as a temporary technical advisor to the WHO on tobacco document research in Europe, and researched methods used by the tobacco industry to combat global tobacco control policy measures. He studies the impact of tobacco control policies in South Africa and India, and the provision of tobacco treatment services in low resource settings across the developing world. His recent work with colleagues at UCSF on the global TB mortality attributable to tobacco use was published in¬†BMJ¬†in 2011, and received international¬†news coverage. He has worked in the Samoan Islands conducting research on the underlying causes of the diabetes and obesity epidemic in the Pacific, as well as ways to utilize community health workers to improve diabetes care in American Samoa. His tobacco policy work has been published in the¬†Lancet,¬†JAMA,¬†Annals of Internal Medicine, and other journals.
He practices primary care medicine and is the Assistant Medical Director at the¬†Brigham and Women‚Äôs Advanced Primary Care Associates, South Huntington, a new medical home practice in Jamaica Plain, MA. ¬†In addition, he teaches and mentors students in health policy and global health courses at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and internal medicine residents at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Asaf graduated from Brown University with a degree in Health and Society, the University of California San Francisco Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internal medicine training, chief residency, and general medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
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