Dr. Opelka is a physician executive who serves as the medical director for quality and healthcare policy for the American College of Surgeons in Washington DC. His current work emphasizes the policy and implementation involved in the Quality Payment Program of CMS under MIPS and APMs. He formerly served as the Executive Vice President for Louisiana State University (LSU) overseeing the transformation of the State-owned public safety net system into a public-private partnership model. He is a professor of Surgery at the George Washington University. He also currently serves as the chair of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, and formerly chaired the National Quality Forum’s Consensus Standards Advisory Committee (CSAC) and is a member of its Coordinating Committee for the CMS Measures Advisory Committee (MAC). Dr. Opelka serves as a founding member of the Mitre’s Guiding Committee which acts as a CMS advisory group known as the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (HCP LAN), and founded and chairs the Surgical Quality Alliance, convening over 20 surgical specialties.
Dr. Opelka previously led an LSU state-wide effort using “big data” in a clinical data warehouse which provides rich analytics for quality improvement, real time clinical decision supports, feeds for MOC reporting and outputs for national specialty data registries. He worked with Intermountain Healthcare, Mayo Clinic and others to sponsor the launch of the Health Services Platform Consortium and has hosted Clinical Data Ecosystem Summits to further advance the use of health informatics for better more affordable healthcare. Dr. Opelka serves as an editor for Surgery and reviews for five international journals; he is a highly published colorectal surgeon.