Amy Nguyen Howell, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Amy Nguyen Howell, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Dr. Amy Nguyen Howell is a proud mom and practicing family physician. She currently oversees all clinical programs at America’s Physician Groups and supports advocacy work in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.. She was most recently tapped to be a member of the Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the MACRA Measurement Development Program and the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Star Ratings Program. Additionally, she 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 National Quality Forum (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 Measurement Collaborative with AHIP and CMS and chairs the Patient Experience/ Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) Core Measure Set Workgroup and participates on the ACO/PCMH and Pediatric Workgroups, setting national core measures for patient activation. 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. Finally, Dr. Nguyen is an adjunct faculty member at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and teaches a Master’s-level class on quality of care.

She serves as member of the Steering Committee at the California Quality Collaborative of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH). The national and regional committees provide structure for an innovative coordinated delivery model focused on payment reform and integrated person-centric care. 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).

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 60,000 Medicare patients and 15,000 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. She has built strategic partnerships between medical groups, hospitals, external vendors and sales, especially in the areas of advance care planning, care coordination, dual eligibles, and practice transformation.

Dr. Nguyen continues to serve as a family physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 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 and Playa Vista Medical Center. She has worked with underserved and indigent communities in both rural and urban areas.

Dr. Amy Nguyen graduated with honors from Howard University School of Medicine and is board-certified in family medicine with training completed at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Afterwards, she received her Masters in Business Administration at 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 traveled internationally, leading medical mission trips to Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Kenya, and Vietnam. She lives with her family in Santa Monica, CA.