Newton to work with DHHS shaping Medicaid reform

Warren Newton, MD, MPH, will join the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a senior medical advisor. In this role, Newton will help DHHS to shape Medicaid reform in the state.In consideration of these additional responsibilities, Newton will step down from his role as chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

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Newton said he is delighted to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of North Carolina. “Medicaid reform will bring the biggest change in health care in two generations,” he said. “While we have come a long way – we can do much better. As we move forward, I am committed to bringing the voice of both clinicians and patients into the reform process, as well as the science of quality improvement and health outcomes research.”

Newton will be part of a team that has been assembled to develop North Carolina’s Medicaid waiver, a key component of the state’s reform efforts.

Newton served as chair of Family Medicine for 17 years. Over that time, the department has become a national leader in practice transformation, developed new models of education for medical students and residents, and conducted practice-changing research in osteoporosis, hypertension, community health and workforce development. Those advancements have been nationally recognized, with the Department ranked second in the latest U.S. News and World Report "Best Graduate Schools" issue.

Newton will remain on faculty at the School of Medicine and continue to serve as vice dean and director of North Carolina’s Area Health Education Centers. At AHEC, Newton is currently launching several initiatives aimed at transforming health care across North Carolina.

Over the years, Newton has served in multiple leadership roles at the School of Medicine, including serving as vice dean for education from 2008-2013. During that time, he played a key role in LCME accreditation, curriculum reform, and the development of branch campuses in Asheville and Charlotte.

In an announcement from DHHS, Deputy Secretary for Health, Randall Williams, MD, welcomed Newton into his new leadership role with the organization.

“It has been my privilege to have known Dr. Newton for over 30 years and we greatly appreciate his willingness to share his expertise with the state of North Carolina as we work to improve health care for all North Carolinians,” Williams said.