William E. Golden, MD is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he served as Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine for nearly 20 years. Since 2009, he has been the Medical Director of Arkansas Medicaid, where he is the clinical lead for the program’s multi-payer payment reform initiative that was one of the first six efforts funded for implementation by CMS. Prior to his current position, he served for 16 years as Vice President for Clinical Quality Improvement of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, for which he has designed numerous statewide quality improvement and health technology projects and for Medicare and Medicaid. He is currently on the Guiding Committee of the CMS Health Care Payment Learning Action Network and co-chairs its new work group on primary care.
A past Chair the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Golden served on the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum from 2001–2004 and was President of the American Health Quality Association from 1997–2000 and the American Society of Internal Medicine (1995–96). He has written and lectured extensively on performance measurement and health system improvement and has served on or chaired numerous national committees designing quality metrics.
Dr. Golden graduated from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Health Care Delivery, an independent concentration. He received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine and his internal medicine training at Rush-Presbyterian–St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, where he was also Chief Resident. He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Blog Post by William Golden, Susan Edgman-Levitan & Sarah R. Callahan
Primary care accounts for more than half of the United States’ office visits, but direct spending on primary care is only a tiny portion of our nation’s total health cost.