Bio

Dr. Irena Pesis-Katz is the senior director for Population Health Management Informatics and Payment Innovation at the University of Rochester Medical Center. As part of her role, she provides oversight, leadership and support for all provider payment innovation contracting; Population Health Management reporting and analytics; value-based contracting strategy; and translate, integrate and implement payment innovation and informatics strategies in collaboration with cross-functional areas.

As the management and interpretation of vast amounts of rapidly-changing health care data becomes vital to lowering costs, improving access and quality, and building more effective health care delivery systems, Pesis-Katz' expertise in data integration and analysis has been vital to initiatives within the School of Nursing and across the University.

Among her many roles as a teacher and researcher, she has helped implement the University's employee wellness program, led by the School of Nursing. The program is not only able to provide population-based health outcome analyses, but gives individuals specific evidence-based recommendations to reduce their health risks, and improve their long-term wellness.

A native of Israel, Pesis-Katz earned her PhD in Health Services Research and Policy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Her research areas include outcomes-based quality improvement evaluations, the economic impact of clinical interventions, and the role of quality of care in consumers' choice of nursing homes. She received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.

Areas of Expertise

  • Care Strategies : Behavioral Change
  • Level of Care : Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Level of Care : Palliative Care
  • Level of Care : Public Health - Epidemiology
  • Populations : Adults
  • Populations : Health Professionals
  • Populations : Older Adults
  • Theoretical Interests : Outcomes Research (Patient-centered, Nursing-centered, Systems-centered)
  • Theoretical Interests : Systems (Health Care, Social, Professional, Interdisciplinary)

Professional Experience
Senior Director of Population Health Management Informatics and Payment Innovation, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US. 4/2015 - Current

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, US. 2014 - Current

Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences (Secondary Appointment), Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY, US. 2014 - Current

Director, Center for Population Health Outcomes and Informatics, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, US. 2014 - 4/2015

Director of Outcomes and Evaluation Sciences, Corporate Wellness, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, US. 1/2013 - 2014

Assistant Professor (Secondary Appointment), Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY, US. 2007 - 2014

Assistant Professor, University of Rochester (School of Nursing), Rochester, NY, US. 2007 - 2014

Distinguished Lecturer, College of Nursing, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, US. 2010 - 2010

International Visiting Scholar, Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Jerusalem, IL. 2010 - 2010

Director, Quality Improvement Research and Measurement, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of Greater Rochester Area, Rochester, NY, US. 2007 - 2009

International Visiting Scholar, Department of Health Systems Management, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, IL. 2008 - 2008

Medical Operations Research Project Manager, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of the Greater Rochester Area, Rochester, NY, US. 2004 - 2007

Co-instructor, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (Mathematics for Economists), Rochester, NY, US. 2002 - 2005

Visiting Instructor, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Medical School, Beer-Sheva, IL. 2004 - 2004

Health Services Research Fellow, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of the Greater Rochester Area, Rocheste, NY, US. 2003 - 2004

Research Internship, The agency for Healthcare Research and quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD, US. 2002 - 2002

Project Manager, Clalit Health Services, Israel, IL. 1998 - 2001

Course commander and head instructor, Military School of Intelligence, Israel Defense Forces (IDF), IL. 1993 - 1995

Awards
Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2014

The Dr. Jeremy A. Klainer Entrepreneurship Fund Award
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2014

Promising New Investigator Award
University of Rochester, School of Nursing, 2013

Supporting Providers in Comparative Effectiveness Fellowship (SPICE)
University of Rochester Medical Center, 2012

Student liaison for the American Public Health Association - GHS
American Public Health Association, 2006

Health Services Research Fellowship
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of Greater Rochester Area, 2003

Research Internship
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 2002

Excellence in Academic Studies
Israeli Parliament, 1998

Provost's scholarship
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 1997

Presentations
“The Importance of Population Health Analytics in Value-Based Care"
82nd Annual Conference, New York Health Information Management Association, 2017
Rochester, New York

“Apply Population Health to Advanced Payment Models”
2nd Annual Population Health Analytics Summit, World Health Congress, 2017
Nashville, Tennessee

“The Importance of Population Health Analytics in Value-Based Care"
Public Health Grand Rounds, University of Rochester Medical Center, 2017
Rochester, New York

“Vendor-Neutral Population Health with Epic and External Data”
EPIC UGM meeting, EPIC, 2016
Verona, Wisconsin

“Assuming Risk to Achieve ROI Amid Evolving Payment Models”
American Hospital Association Leadership Summit, American Hospital Association, 2016
San Diego, California

“Achieving ROI When Transitioning to Value-Based Care”
Further Meeting, Valence Health, 2015
Chicago, Illinois

Opioid Prescribing in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain and Depression: Analysis of a Nationwide Sample from the United States
World Congress on Pain, 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina

What Can Predict Enrollment in Health Promoting Activities of Complex Condition Management?
Eastern Nursing Research Society, 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Impact of Smoking on Probability and Amount of Opioids Prescribed for Low Back Pain
Eastern Nursing Research Society, 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“The ACA and ACOs: Where are We in 2014?”
Preceptor Workshop, University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2014
Rochester, New York

How Can We Stop Those Rising Health Care Costs? Examining the Potential Impact of Independent Billing by Nurse Practitioners
Eastern Nursing Research Society, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

Nurse practitioners' independent billing and economic implications for the healthcare system
American Public Health Association, 2012
San Francisco, California

“Research Potential of FairHealth data”
AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, AcademyHealth, 2012
Orlando, Florida

Potential Healthcare System Cost-savings Through Independent Billing by Nurse Practitioners
Annual Research Meeting, AcademyHealth, 2012
Orlando, Florida

Cost-Effectiveness of an Intensive Tobacco-Dependence Intervention Based on Self-Determination Theory: An Analysis from the Third-Party Payer's Perspective
Annual Research Meeting, American Public Health Association, 2011
Washington, District Of Columbia

Negotiated Reimbursement Rates for Cardiac Artery Bypass Surger - Does Quality Matter?
Annual Research Meeting, American Public Health Association, 2011
Washington, District Of Columbia

Premium Pay for Premium Quality? Examining the Association between Quality of Care information in the NYS Cardiac Surgery Reports and Negotiated Prices with Insurance Plans
iHEA 8th World Congress in Health Economics, 2011
Toronto, Canada

Peer-Led Team Learning in Nursing Graduate-Level Health Economics Course
International Conference on Teaching and Learning, 2011
Niagara Falls, New York

Heart Failure Management in Nursing Homes: Results from a Pilot Study
Annual Research Meeting, American Public Health Association, 2010
Denver, Colorado

What Can Be Improved at the End of Life? Economic Evaluation of Palliative Care Services
Distinguished Lectures Series, College of Nursing, USF Health, 2010
Tampa, Florida

Care Patterns for Nursing Home Residents with Heart Failure
State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, 2010
Washington, District Of Columbia

Healthcare Reform New York Style: Changing Reimbursement Rates for Out-of-Network Services
International Visiting Scholar, Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, 2010
Jerusalem, Israel

Resident-Care Activities for Heart Failure Management in Nursing Homes as Reported by Directors of Nursing: Results from a Pilot Study
AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, 2010
Boston, Massachusetts

What Can be Saved at the End of Life? A Cost Analysis of Palliative Care
Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, 2008
Washington, District Of Columbia

Economic Evaluation of Palliative Care at the End of Life
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2008
San Diego, California

Is Palliative Care at the End of Life Cost Saving?
AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, 2008
Washington, District Of Columbia

Consumers' Choice of Nursing Home In The U.S. - Does Quality Matter?
International Visiting Scholar presentation, Department of Health Systems Management, Faculty of Sciences, Ben Gurion University, 2008
Beer-Sheva, Israel

Role of Educational Materials in Increasing Cervical Cancer Screening Adherence Rates---Evidence from Randomized Controlled Trial in NYS Insured Women
Annual meeting, American Public Health Association, 2007
Washington, District Of Columbia

Does Quality of Care Matter in Choosing a Nursing Home? Evidence from California
Annual meeting, American Public Health Association, 2007
Washington, District Of Columbia

The Impact of Quality of Care on Nursing Home Choice---Comprehensive Assessment of California, New-York, Ohio, and Texas
Annual Scientific Meeting, Gerontological Society of America, 2007
San-Francisco, California

Why Are Nursing Homes' Quality Report Cards Important? Evidence from CA, OH, NY and TX
Annual Research Meeting, Academy Health, 2007
Orlando, Florida

Cervical Cancer Screening Test: Can Educational Materials Increase Adherence Rates?
Annual Research Meeting, Academy Health, 2007
Orlando, Florida

"Does Competition Matter? The Role of competition in Promoting Community Wide Interventions to Reduce Obesity"
Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, 2006
Boston, Massachusetts

"Improving the Quality of Diabetes Management with Pay for Performance Incentive Program"
Annual Meeting, American Public Health Association, 2006
Boston, Massachusetts

"Pay for Performance-The Impact on Patient Quality of Care in a Community Setting"
Annual Research Meeting, Academy Health, 2006
Seattle, Washington

"Nursing Home Choice-Does Quality Matter? - Research Proposal"
Trainees Research Conference, NRSA, 2003
Nashville, Tennessee

Publications
Smith, J.A., Fuino, R.L., Pesis-Katz, I., Cai, X., Powers, B., Frazer, M., Markman, J.D. (2017). Differences in opiod prescribing in low back pain patients with and without depression: A cross-sectional study of national sample from the United States. PAIN Reports, Latest Articles. DOI: 10.1097/pr9.0000000000000606

Pesis-Katz I, Smith JA, Cai X, and Tuttle J (2013). How Can We Stop Those Rising Health Care Costs? Examining the Potential Impact of Independent Billing by Nurse Practitioners. Nursing Research, 62 (2), e27.

Quinn, J.R., Pesis-Katz, I. & Mukamel, D.B. (2013). Variations in patterns of care activities for nursing home residents with heart failure.. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 6, 29-35.. DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20121204-02

Pesis-Katz I, Phelps CE, Temkin-Greener H, Spector WD, Veazie P, and Mukamel DB (2013). Making Difficult Decisions: The Role of Quality of Care in Choosing a Nursing Home. American Journal of Public Health, 103 (5), e31-37. DOI: 10.2105

Pesis-Katz I, Rains A, Smith JA, as part of the Upstate Health Research Network (2012). Final Recommendations for Anesthesia Benchmark Rates for Out-of-Network Services. FAIR Health, NY.

Rhee, H., Pesis-Katz, I., Xing, J. (2012). Cost benefits of a peer-led asthma self-management program for adolescents. Journal of Asthma, 49 (6), 606-613. PMID: 2275899

White P, Rowland A, and Pesis-Katz I (2012). Introduction of the Peer-Led Team Learning Model in a Graduate-Level Nursing Course. Journal of Nursing Education, 51 (8), 417-475.

Pesis-Katz, I., Williams, G.C., Niemiec, C.P., & Fiscella, K. (2011). Cost-Effectiveness of Intensive Tobacco Dependence Intervention Based on Self-Determination Theory.. The American Journal of Managed Care, 17 (10), e383-388.

Kunitz SJ and Pesis-Katz I. (2005). "Mortality of White Americans, African Americans, and Canadians: The Causes and Consequences for Health of Welfare State Institutions and Policies". The Milbank Quarterly, 83 (1), 5-39.

Horev T, Pesis-Katz I, Mukamel DB (2004). "Trends in Geographic Disparities in Allocation of Health Care Resource in the US". Health Policy, 68 (2), 223-232.

Spector WD, Cohen JW, Pesis-Katz I (2004). "Home Care Before and After the Balanced Budget Act of 1997: Shifts in Financing and Services". The Gerontologist, 44 (1), 39-47.