Dale N. Schumacher M.D., MPH, has 25 years of healthcare system governance experience. He chaired the Mercy Health Care System Board (Scranton, PA) and was a member of the Kaleida Health Board (2003-2011) and the Catholic Healthcare Partners Board (Cincinnati). From 2003 until 2013, he served the Long Island Health Network as a consultant and external Quality Compliance Officer. For the past decade, he has supported Crozer Keystone Health System as its consulting Clinical Informatics Officer.
Dr. Schumacher has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategic quality plans for health systems, measuring change in practice patterns after information feedback and implementation of prospective payment risk adjusters. He has published over 40 articles on medical education, medical care, quality of care assessment, healthcare data analysis, and reliability of chart review data, and was on the editorial board of the JCAHO Quality Review Bulletin. Dr. Schumacher was the lead author on the Institute’s study for the National Association of Private Psychiatric Hospitals measuring the impact of prospective payment on psychiatric hospitals. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and is credited with altering the federal government approach to hospital payment. In 2003, he was designated a “Quality Leader” by the Journal for Healthcare Quality.