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Published on January 08, 2013

CentraCare Clinic Names Total Cost of Care Medical Director

CentraCare Clinic Family Medicine physician Michael Schmitz, D.O., CPE, is the clinic's Total Cost of Care Medical Director effective Jan. 1, 2013. In this new part-time role, he will be responsible for the oversight and innovation for the clinical aspects of the total-cost-of-care contracts for CentraCare Health System. His new role is intended to develop an approach to reduce the cost of care by finding ways to deliver high quality care while reducing unnecessary or redundant care. He will work with third party payers to review data about CentraCare's utilization of services and also will work with internal staff to suggest system areas improvements that could be made.

Dr. Schmitz has been practicing family medicine at CentraCare Clinic - Heartland in St. Cloud for more than two years and will continue to see patients in the clinic on a reduced schedule. He brings previous leadership experience from his prior practice of 26 years as part of the Mayo Clinic Health System and is a certified physician executive (CPE).

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