The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced today that
Modern Healthcare magazine has named its president, Margaret
E. O'Kane, one of the 100
Most Influential People in Healthcare. This is the ninth time that
O'Kane has made the prestigious annual list of health care leaders.
O'Kane founded nonprofit NCQA in 1990 and has led the development of the
quality measurement and accreditation organization from a fledgling
enterprise into a thriing fixture of the health care industry that has
300 employees and annual revenues of $60 million. As part of its core
mission, NCQA has also led delivery system transformation efforts
through its Patient Centered Medical Home and Patient Centered Specialty
Practice recognition programs.
Reflecting in an interview with Modern Healthcare on the number
and prominence of quality advocates on the Top 100 list, she said, "The
quality agenda is front and center now. When I started my career in
quality, the quality people were in the doublewide trailer behind the
Previously, Modern Healthcare named O'Kane one of the Top
25 Women in Healthcare three times. She received the 2012 Gail L.
Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for
Healthcare Leadership. She was elected a member of the Institute of
Medicine in 1999 and received the 2009 Picker Institute Individual Award
for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care.
O'Kane is a board member of the Milbank Memorial Fund, American Board of
Medical Specialties and Chairman of the Board of Healthwise, a nonprofit
organization that helps people make better health decisions.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health
care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care
organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas
of performance. NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set
(HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool
in health care. NCQA's Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help
consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.
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