Christopher M. Hughes, MD, GCHP, FCCP, FACP, FCCM


Christopher Hughes


901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-923-7583 fax

Christopher M. Hughes, MD, GCHP, FCCP, FACP, FCCM


Research & Practice Interests

Health Policy
Healthcare Reform
Population Health
End-of-Life Care
Medical Ethics
Patient Safety
Patient Advocacy
Critical Care Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine


MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Jefferson School of Population Health
BS, Youngstown State University


Internal Medicine, Western Reserve Care System


Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


Hospice and Pallative Care
Internal Medicine
Critical Care Medicine


Mediation Training


Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health


U.S. Healthcare Delivery & Organization


Dr. Christopher Hughes has nearly 30 years of clinical and leadership experience in hospital medicine, critical care medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, as well as a wealth of experience as a physician leader and educator.

He completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health (now Jefferson College of Population Health) and was quickly invited to begin teaching.

Dr. Hughes began practicing hospice and palliative medicine with the University of Pittsburgh's Palliative and Supportive Institute and Family Hospice and Palliative Medicine of Pittsburgh in 2012. He certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) through the American Board of Internal Medicine.

From 2013 to 2015, he was Co-Chief Medical Officer for Family Hospice and Palliative Medicine of Pittsburgh where he:

  • Reduced per patient per day drug costs by 20%
  • Introduced Toyota/LEAN quality improvement training to the organization
  • Directed patient/family grievance mediation
  • Successfully remediated Joint Commission and State Department of Health negative survey results
  • Developed curriculum for Hospice administrative Rotations for HPM Fellows
  • Developed a physician staffing formula for hospice
  • Surveyed large non-profit hospices on physician, advanced practice nurse and inpatient staffing
  • Developed preparedness for Part D hospice implementation
  • Delivered regional education for physicians, nurses and other staff of hospitals and long-term care facilities

Dr. Hughes has now transitioned to Medical Director of Utilization Management with Capital BlueCross of Harrisburg, PA, where he also Co-Chairs the P&T Committee and continues to review hospice eligibility requests. He is frequently called upon as an expert witness in hospice eligibility cases.

He has been active in organized medicine through the Pennsylvania Medical Society, American Medical Association, Society of Critical Care Medicine's local Chapter and others. He has led initiatives in patient safety, end-of-life care and health reform. He has also worked actively with the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative and other organizations advancing patient safety and end-of-life care.