PIKEVILLE – William T. Betz, D.O., MBA, FACOPP dist., has been appointed to Kentucky Health Transformation Leadership Committee. The committee was established by Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes, Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to continue advancing the health and wellness goals of the kyhealthnow initiative and the health system transformation goals of the State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative. Betz, the senior associate dean at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM), will serve a three-year term.
Established in 2014, the kyhealthnow initiative identified health goals for the state at large, as well as strategies to help achieve these goals over the next five years.
The committee will promote the vision for health and wellness based on evidence-based research and proven policy interventions and promote value-based payment reforms and care delivery reforms in Kentucky’s health care system. By sharing industry best practices, members of the committee will work to strengthen state, regional and local level collaboration and coordination among health care providers, payers and consumers.
Kentuckians face many health care challenges exhibited by being ranked at the bottom of many health indicators and rankings including smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, cancer and cardiovascular deaths, annual dental visits, percentage of children with untreated dental decay, percentage of adults 65 and over missing six or more teeth, drug overdoses and poor mental health days.
A distinguished fellow for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Betz has served as a member and chair for many national and state osteopathic professional organizations, including as a member on an advisory committee on training in primary care medicine and dentistry for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress. He currently serves as board president of the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF).
In addition to his role at KYCOM, Betz is a staff physician at Pikeville Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program. He has also served as the osteopathic director of medical education at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead and as the chief academic officer at the Appalachian Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute (A-OPTIC).