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AHCPR Names New Director for Organization and Delivery Studies Program

Press Release Date: May 29, 1997

Irene Fraser, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new Director for the Center for Organization and Delivery Studies (CODS) at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. As Director, Dr. Fraser will be responsible for conducting, supporting, and managing studies of the structure, financing, organization, behavior, and performance of the health care system and providers within it.

Dr. Fraser, a political scientist specializing in research on Medicaid, private health insurance, and health care delivery, has been with AHCPR since 1995, and has served as Acting Director of CODS since the Center was created in February of 1996. In that time, she has developed a comprehensive 1997 research agenda for CODS and led efforts to develop an Agency-wide managed care research agenda for 1998. Dr. Fraser developed and began implementation of a model for integrating intramural and extramural research efforts and forging a strong interdisciplinary team with the capacity to both conduct and manage cutting-edge research with partners inside as well as outside the Agency. Dr. Fraser also has conceived, led, and managed efforts to develop research partnerships with providers, managed care plans, and other organizations.

"I am confident that Dr. Fraser's knowledge, vision, skills, and experiences will help AHCPR accomplish its goals," said John M. Eisenberg, M.D., AHCPR Administrator. "Her in-depth understanding of access issues and the rapid reforms in the health delivery system's structure makes her a valuable asset to this agency."

Prior to her arrival at AHCPR, Dr. Fraser was Associate Director of Health Systems Research, Inc., a health care policy, research and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fraser also held several positions during her eight year tenure at the American Hospital Association (AHA). Most recently, Dr. Fraser served as AHA's Director of the Division of Ambulatory Care where she led a research group which focused on managed care, primary care, provider networks and changing delivery systems. She also taught Medicaid law at the Institute for Health Law at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. She has published and lectured extensively on issues of indigent care, Medicaid and health care delivery.

For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs: Karen Migdail, (301) 427-1855 (; Karen Carp, (301) 427-1858 (

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