Anita C. Murcko, MD, FACP

Anita C. Murcko, MD, FACP, has nearly 30 years of healthcare experience, including over 20 years practicing and teaching Internal Medicine, and over 15 years in quality improvement and healthcare systems redesign for public and private sectors.

Most recently, Dr. Murcko provided clinical leadership for the Arizona Medical Information Exchange (AMIE) and the Purchasing & Assistance Collaborative for Electronic Health Records (PACeHR) funded by the Medicaid Transformation Grant awarded to Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s single Medicaid agency. As its Medical Director for Clinical Informatics & Provider Adoption, Dr. Murcko’s key responsibilities included executive and clinician outreach, recruitment and adoption; negotiation of inaugural health information exchange (HIE) participation agreements; design of outcomes evaluation, and technical team consultation.

Dr. Murcko joined AHCCCS in 2005 as Medical Director for Healthcare Group of Arizona (HCG), the innovative, state-sponsored health coverage program for small business. She previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), a healthcare quality-improvement organization (QIO), where she provided oversight and leadership for the quality improvement, case review, peer review, and utilization activities for public and private sector clients.

Dr. Murcko led several nationally-recognized quality improvement collaborative efforts, including the Arizona Diabetes Initiative (AzDIn) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored Arizona State Diabetes Collaborative (ASDC). These initiatives were designed to improve care delivery, quality and access through technology-based systems changes. Dr. Murcko is a recognized leader in organized medicine, having held a variety of national and local positions with American College of Physicians, American Society of Internal Medicine, the American Health Quality Association, as well as the Arizona and American Medical Association.

Dr. Murcko is an award–winning speaker, adjunct professor, author, and practicing internal medicine physician. She speaks on many topics ranging from prevention and treatment of chronic illness, to e-health adoption, patient safety and quality improvement. Dr. Murcko has been formative in Arizona’s health information exchange (HIE), e-prescribing, and electronic health records (EHR) initiatives. For these contributions, Dr. Murcko is a recent recipient of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Laureate Award, the Arizona Capitol Times as Leader of the Year in Public Policy for Healthcare and was selected by the Arizona Business Magazine as a Health Care Leadership Award finalist.

Dr. Murcko completed her undergraduate (BS) and medical studies (MD) at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, and Internal Medicine residency at Indiana University, IN. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), and a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ), the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Dr. Murcko and her husband have lived and practiced Internal Medicine in sunny Arizona since 1988.