Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs,
Executive Director, Faculty Group Practice University of Michigan Medical School
4114 Medical Science Building 1
1301 Catherine St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5624
David Spahlinger graduated from Ohio State Medical School in 1980 and completed his residency at the University of Michigan in 1983. He served as chief medical resident at Michigan in 1983-1984. David joined Wooster Clinic in Wooster Ohio in 1984. While at the Wooster Clinic, he served as the head of Finance and as a Board of Director for the 40 physician multispecialty group.
In 1994, Dr. Spahlinger returned to the University of Michigan. He served as Director of the Primary Care Program from 1994-1997. Primary Care grew from 39 FTE's to 144 FTE's, 12 new health centers were created, 14 practices were acquired and primary care managed 150,000 fully capitated lives.
In 1997, the University of Michigan Faculty Group Practice was created within the Medical School replacing the departmental practice plans. Dr. Spahlinger became the FGP's first Medical Director. He was eventually named Senior Associate Dean and Senior Associate Hospital Director in 2004.
In 2004, the FGP Board of Directors applied for the CMS PGP Demonstration Project. The PGP demo became the prototype for the Accountable Care Organization section of the Affordable Care Act. The University of Michigan FGP saved Medicare $47 million dollars over the 5 years of the project and earned shared savings in each of the 5 years totally $17 million dollars. The FGP also assumed management control of ambulatory services from the Hospital in 2007 and implemented a management structure and incentives that has improved patient satisfaction from 86% to 92%, patient access, and margin ($54 million improvement).
Dr. Spahlinger is the past chair of the AAMC Advisory Committee for Healthcare and past chair of the AAMC Group on Faculty Practice. Dr. Spahlinger still attends on the inpatient wards as a hospitalist.