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AHCPR Administrator Appoints Gregg S. Meyer, M.D., to Direct Center for Quality Measurement and Improvement

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Press Release Date: June 5, 1998

John M. Eisenberg, M.D., Administrator of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) today announced the appointment of Gregg S. Meyer, M.D., as the new director of AHCPR's Center for Quality Measurement and Improvement (CQMI).

As director of CQMI, Dr. Meyer will lead AHCPR's efforts to develop new and more effective quality measures and improvement strategies that to public- and private-sector organizations provide, organize, and purchase high-quality health care services. CQMI's initiatives include the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS®), a series of questionnaires used by health plans, employers, and other organizations to survey their members and employees. CAHPS® is being used by the Medicare program to survey its beneficiaries in managed care plans and will be used by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program beginning in 1999.

"As a clinician, health services researcher, and educator, Gregg Meyer will bring a great wealth of experience and knowledge to the Center for Quality Measurement and Improvement," said Dr. Eisenberg. "We are very pleased that he is joining AHCPR at a time when issues of health care quality are at the forefront of the national health care agenda."

Dr. Meyer is leaving his position as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Preventive Medicine & Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), where he coordinated design and analysis of the Department of Defense's Cardiovascular National Quality Management Project and developed curricula for senior military medical leaders in quality improvement. Dr. Meyer also served as Division Director for General Medicine at USUHS. While at USUHS Dr. Meyer was an active-duty Medical Corps officer and Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Meyer's responsibilities at USUHS also included serving as principal investigator for health services research in quality of care, managed care, and physician workforce modeling. He also performed a study of managed care and undergraduate medical education, leading to an enhanced curriculum for medical students to prepare them for practice in the evolving health care environment. In addition, he served as liaison between health services research and clinical care delivery for the military health services system.

Dr. Meyer is the author of over 45 articles, editorials, chapters and monographs and is board certified in Internal Medicine. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Union College and magna cum laude graduate of Albany Medical College. He was a Rhodes Scholar and earned a master's degree from Oxford University. While in England, Dr. Meyer worked in a community-based general practice in the National Health Service. Upon his return from England Dr. Meyer completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. After residency he completed fellowship training in general internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and received a master's degree from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition, Dr. Meyer served as a fellow in the health office of the U. S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.

For additional information, please contact AHCPR Press Office: Salina Prasad (301) 427-1864 (SPrasad@ahrq.gov).

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