Richard Bottner, DHA, FACHE, PA-C, CPHQ
Richard Bottner is director of quality improvement and patient safety at the Colorado Hospital Association. He is exceptionally passionate about effective, efficient and interprofessional acute care in hospitals nationwide. In his current role, Dr. Bottner supports quality improvement strategy and implementation related to substance use disorders, maternal health, rural and critical access hospitals, and social determinants of health, among many others. Prior to his role with CHA, Dr. Bottner was an assistant professor of internal medicine at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, where he led quality improvement programs around readmission prevention, medication safety and patient experience. Most recently, he was the director of the Buprenorphine Team, a full-service consultation team that provides hospitalized patients who have opioid use disorder with access to treatment and linkage to appropriate outpatient care. Dr. Bottner was also the director of Support Hospital Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Texas, a program to increase access to substance use disorder treatment as part of acute hospitalization across Texas. He recently founded and co-chaired the National Stigma of Addiction Summit with the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Bottner has given more than 200 lectures at local, regional and national meetings about the important role of hospitals in engaging in the behavioral health continuum in line with the quadruple aim. He is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.