Medicare and Medicaid

How can we improve health outcomes of Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries while controlling costs? As enrollment in both programs continues to grow, quality improvement initiatives supported by hands-on technical assistance will be essential. 

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Gregory Makris

Gregory Makris  - MD

Medical Director and Deputy Director, Appropriate Care

Areas of Expertise
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Electronic Health Record Integration
  • Quality Improvement & Clinical Decision Support

Greg Makris is Altarum’s medical director for the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network—part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative. He develops evidence-based guidelines and best practices for practitioners in clinical accuracy and EHR integration. He also administers Altarum's continuing medical education program. Greg holds a medical doctorate from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Judy Varela

Judy Varela  - RHIA

Program Director, Quality Improvement

Areas of Expertise
  • Meaningful Use
  • Health IT Adoption
  • Health Data Interoperability

Judy Varela oversees the development and delivery of services offered by the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption, a program that helps Michigan providers adopt health IT and navigate program requirements for becoming a meaningful user of certified technology. Judy holds a bachelor's degree in health record administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and is certified as a registered health information administrator by the American Health Information Management Association.