Caroline S. Blaum, MD, MS
Dr. Blaum is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriactrics and Research Professor at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan (UM) and a Research Scientist at the Ann Arbor VA Geriatrics Research and Education Center. She is also the Associate Medical Director of the UM Faculty Group Practice and Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs at the UM Medical School. She leads the UM Health System’s Population Health Program, including its activities in the Pioneer Accountable Care Program and the Michigan Multipayer Advanced Primary Care Demonstration. From 2005-2010, she led the University of Michigan Health System’s successful effort in The Physician Group Practice Medicare Demonstration in which UM demonstrated a reduction in Medicare growth along with improved quality of clinical care for Medicare beneficiaries and was a key model for current ACO policy.
Dr. Blaum is a geriatrician at the University of Michigan and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcenter. She sees patients in the ambulatory, acute and sub-acute settings, and is active in teaching internal medicine and geriatrics to medical students, house officers and geriatrics fellows. Her research concerns models of care, disability, complex patients, frailty, and diabetes in older adults and is supported by the NIH, AHRQ, and the VARR&D Merit Award Program. She has served as a Medical Director of a nursing home, a home health agency, and a Managed Care Company.
Dr. Blaum is active in national policy work. She is currently the American Geriatric Society’s (AGS) representative to the AMA-Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (AMA-PCPI). She is chair of AGS’s Quality Performance and Measurement Committee, was on NQF’s Hospital Outcomes Steering Committee, and currently co-chairs the NQF Steering Committee on Complex Patients. She also sits on the Board of the Michigan Peer Review Organization.
As a Brookdale National Fellow, her work focused on transitions in disability and health care utilization within the context of specific chronic diseases. In addition, the project explored policy implications of disability transitions by evaluating their impact on health services utilization.
Brookdale Fellow Class of 1994