“Tim brings calm and indispensable insight to the role of a new medical specialty- palliative care- an added layer of crucial support for improving the quality of life of people with serious illness and for those who love and care for them. His pioneering vision and leadership helped establish the importance of attention to the patient’s inner life and experience both during and after treatment. The outcomes of palliative care- a happier and longer life despite illness- is a too-well kept secret. Learn about what’s in it for you, when to demand it, and how to find it, from the master.”Diane E. Meier, MD
Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
About Dr. Tim Ihrig
Timothy Ihrig, M.D. practices palliative medicine caring for the most vulnerable and sickest people around the world. He helps other providers improve the quality and value of the care they provide this population. His unparalleled success in transforming the culture of medicine proves true patient-centered care has true value – increasing the quality of individuals live’s and increasing how long they live.
Dr. Ihrig is the CEO of Ihrig MD & Associates. He is internationally recognized for combining clinical and administrative experience to system design around population health management, care coordination and care delivery for the most vulnerable individuals. He is an expert in understanding risk as applied to healthcare systems and their contractual entities, micro- and macro- healthcare economics, population health, regulatory compliance from a system perspective and the interaction of all three. He combines a visionary approach to care delivery through a unique philosophical perspective modeled into methodology which can be strategically implemented into any healthcare system to meet the needs of patients, systems and payers. This has led to unparalleled success in across-the-continuum population health and community based palliative care program development and innovation.
Among many of his appointments are content expert to the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC) which unites unparalleled experience, policy expertise, and vision creating an unmatched repository of knowledge, resources, and industry-leading insight for healthcare innovation and is co-chaired by former CMS Administrator and FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan. In addition, he is currently co-directing a nationwide project that is exploring an alternate payment model in the pre- and post-acute space that incentivizes true patient-centric care and liberates providers in those spaces from larger, traditionally dictatorial systems.
Dr. Ihrig’s featured TED talk has been viewed over one million times globally and National Public Radio’s, “All Things Considered” featured him in a story on the development and transformative nature of his philosophy of care. He is also endorsed by the Center for Advancement of Palliative Care as a national level clinician-educator.
He was the Expert Source for Palliative Care Development in an Accountable Care Organization in a Rural Community for the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., and was the sole practicing physician assisting the Iowa General Assembly in raising minimum standard requirements for Iowa physicians with respect to end-of-life care and oversight of use of prescriptive narcotics. He also acted as an expert clinician in support of Iowa Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment bill. He also holds appointments as Clinical Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine and acts as Palliative Care clinical instructor. He served on the board of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa for six years and is the former chair of the Advocacy Committee and the Palliative Care Advisory Committee.
Dr. Ihrig served as Medical Director of Palliative Care at the Trinity Regional Medical Center within the Unity Point Heath System. Trinity Regional was one of thirty-two Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. He was a member of the Board of Managers of Unity Point Health Accountable Care Organization and the Unity Point Health Regional Organized System of Care Committee. While there, the family of a patient he cared for made a five-million dollar donation to promote and expand palliative care services.
His efforts were seminal in Unity Point Heath being granted the 2013 Circle of Life Award by the American Hospital Association. One of nine institutions that year across the country to receive this prestigious award, it recognizes innovative programs in palliative and end-of-life care. Dr. Ihrig’s program is recognized as a national leader in integrating palliative care across the healthcare continuum.
Dr. Ihrig attained a degree in medicine from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and a Masters degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Iowa, Des Moines and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Other interests of Dr. Ihrig include sexuality at the end of life and Global Health. He is the former Medical Chair of the Health Services Committee for Empower Tanzania Incorporated whose mission is the development of sustainable healthcare solutions in sub-Saharan Africa for individuals suffering with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-limited illnesses.