On August 19, 2013, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Dr. Richard Kronick as the new director of AHRQ.
Dr. Kronick joined the Department in January 2010 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, overseeing the Office of Health Policy. In that role, he 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, was integral to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, his team provided insight and information critical to the effort to improve the health of the Nation.
Prior to joining HHS, Dr. Kronick conducted health policy research in academia, as well as in Federal and State government, including serving 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.