SOURCE: National Committee for Quality Assurance

National Committee for Quality Assurance

January 11, 2010 16:42 ET

Sarah Thomas Is NCQA's New Vice President for Public Policy and Communications

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today welcomed Sarah Thomas as its Vice President for Public Policy and Communications. She will be responsible for directing NCQA's relations with Congress, federal agencies and the states, as well as NCQA's work with the media and other external audiences.

"Sarah is a seasoned leader with deep experience developing and implementing innovative health care policy," said NCQA President Margaret E. O'Kane. "She will be an asset to NCQA. I'm thrilled to welcome her to our team."

Thomas is formerly the Director of the Public Policy Institute (PPI) Health Team at AARP. She oversaw AARP's policy analysis and research in areas of cost, access, and quality relating to health care reform, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, private insurance and public health.

Thomas has more than 20 years of experience in federal and state government and in nonprofit health care organizations. She holds a M.S. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Thomas succeeds Richard Sorian, who has led NCQA's public policy and external relations since 2003. Sorian is awaiting Senate confirmation as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes physicians in key clinical areas. NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the Web, media and data licensing agreements in order to help consumers, employers and others make informed health care choices.

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