Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has announced that Richard Kronick, PhD, will become the next Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality upon Carolyn Clancy's departure later this month.
Dr. Kronick joined the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January 2010, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, overseeing the Office of Health Policy. In that role, he has conducted and coordinated research on policies relating to public health; health care delivery; health insurance; and health care financing programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program, and private insurance coverage. His work, and that of the Office of Health Policy under his leadership, has been integral to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to joining HHS, Dr. Kronick conducted health policy research in academia as well as in federal and state government, including as Director of Policy and Reimbursement for the Medicaid Division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare, and most recently, as a Professor and Chief of the Division of Health Care Sciences in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.
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