NCI Welcomes Guest Speaker Dr. Amy Boutwell

On October 5, the North Country Initiative hosted a free “Dinner and Discussion” event for its partners in Watertown, NY, featuring guest speaker Dr. Amy Boutwell, who shared strategies for reducing hospital and emergency department readmissions.

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Dr. Amy Boutwell speaks to guest during the North Country Initiative’s dinner and discussion event in Watertown, NY. Photo by Eli Anderson.

Dr. Boutwell is president of Newton, Massachusetts-based “Collaborative Healthcare Strategies,” a thought-leadership and technical assistance firm that advises delivery system transformation efforts nationally. She has advised several large-scale collaborative efforts aimed at system redesign to reduce readmissions and improve care across settings, including federal initiatives funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) such as the Quality Improvement Organization “Care Transitions” Aim, the Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Networks, and the CMS Learning Systems for Accountable Care Organizations and Bundled Payments; the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission; statewide all-payer readmission reduction efforts in Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington, Maryland and Virginia; and New York Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP)’s “super utilizer” collaborative.

She also advises providers, provider associations, state agencies, health IT and health information exchange agencies.

Prior to founding Collaborative Healthcare Strategies, Dr. Boutwell co-designed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s STAAR (State Action on Avoidable Readmissions) Initiative, the first state-based approach to reducing readmissions focusing on improving transitions between settings through emphasizing “cross-continuum” partnerships. Dr. Boutwell is a graduate of Stanford University, Brown University School of Medicine, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she received a Master’s in Public Policy and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Public Service. Dr. Boutwell received her clinical training in Internal Medicine-Primary Care at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Altogher, more than 90 local health care partners and guests attended the event, discussing challenges and options for reducing readmissions and providing high-quality care to patients. Dr. Boutwell praised providers in northern New York and across the state for taking on the challenge of DSRIP:

“You should be really excited to know that you are pioneers and that you will be part of demonstrating proven projects, showing that this really can work,” she said. “Remember, this is possible.”

If you were unable to attend for Dr. Boutwell’s remarks and would like to see her slides or a video of her presentation, please contact

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NCI Director Brian Marcolini introduces Dr. Amy Boutwell in Watertown, NY. Photo by Eli Anderson

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Guests enjoy a dinner and discussion event hosted by NCI on October 5 in Watertown, NY. Photo by Eli Anderson.