Dr. Amy Nguyen Howell is a practicing family practice physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Network. She leads the clinical and educational programs as the Chief Medical Officer at America’s Physician Groups (APG) and supports the advocacy and leadership pillars of excellence at APG through legislative and networking events throughout the country. She serves on CMS’ Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the MACRA Measurement Development Program for the Quality Payment Program (QPP), on CMS’ TEP for the Medicare Advantage (MA) Star Ratings Program, and on the National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Measure Sets and Measurement Systems TEP. Dr. Nguyen is a leader on the Population Based Payment Workgroup, as part of the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN), recommending national guidelines for an effective population-based payment model. Dr. Nguyen actively serves on the Measures Application Partnership (MAP) Clinician Workgroup, providing input to the Coordinating Committee at the NQF on matters related to the selection and coordination of measures for clinicians, particularly in the office setting.
Additionally, she sits on the steering committee of the Core Quality Measures Collaborative and chairs the Patient Experience/ Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) Core Measure Set Workgroup, while also participating on the ACO/PCMH and Pediatric Workgroups, setting national core measures for these specialties. Further, she contributes to the Population Health Management, Clinical Programs, and Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Advisory Committees at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which provides guidance on provider quality measures and requirements. By participating on these national committees, she offers guidance, structure and strategy around innovation, quality and technology to risk-based coordinated care delivery models, focusing on payment reform and integrated person-centric care.
Also, Dr. Nguyen is an adjunct faculty member at University Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy and teaches Quality of Care for the Master’s in health administration (MHA) program. She serves as member of the Steering Committee at the California Quality Collaborative (CQC) of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH). Also, Dr. Nguyen serves as a member on the Steering Committee at the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) and is an active member of the Alternative Payment Model Infrastructure (APMI)Taskforce, part of Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). These national and regional committees provide structure for an innovative coordinated delivery model focused on payment reform and integrated person-centric care.
She has most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer at Easy Choice Health Plan, a WellCare Company, where she oversaw clinical direction of medical services within appeals and grievances, care management, utilization management and quality improvement for 56,000 Medicare patients and 16,000 SNP members. Dr. Nguyen has extensive managed care experience overseeing revenue, quality and cost savings for over 500,000 lives in Commercial, Medicaid and Medicare lines of businesses with responsibility for profit/loss budget of over 700 million dollars. She has built strategic partnerships between medical groups, hospitals, external vendors and sales, especially in the areas of Advanced Illness Management, Care Coordination, Dual Eligibles, Quality Improvement and Practice Transformation.
Dr. Nguyen continues to serve as a family physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Network and has held many clinical and medical organization leadership roles including lead clinician and family physician at United Health Centers, a federally qualified health center, regional medical director for Health Net, and urgent care physician at UCLA-Santa Monica Bay Physicians Group. She has worked with the underserved and indigent communities in both rural and urban areas.
Dr. Amy Nguyen graduated with honors from Howard University School of Medicine and is boardcertified in family medicine with training completed at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Afterwards, she received her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of California-Fresno State, with an emphasis on Finance. She is a National Health Service Corps Scholar and Ambassador and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
She speaks English, Spanish, Vietnamese and French and has travelled internationally, leading medical mission trips to Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Kenya, and Vietnam. She lives with her family in Santa Monica, CA.