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Dr. Paul Glassman Appointed to Expert Panel for Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dr. Paul Glassman will serve as member of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's expert panel on assessing healthcare quality measures.

August  29, 2011

Dr. Paul Glassman, professor of dental practice and director of Community Oral Health at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, has been appointed as a member of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's expert panel on assessing healthcare quality measures. The panel was recently formed to provide comment on the state of national pediatric health care.

Glassman was among 15 individuals selected from nearly 100 nominations for the 2011 expert panel, and is the only dentist on the panel. His nomination was supported by the American Dental Education Association, American Dental Association, Children's Dental Health Project and other national organizations.

The 2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) required the creation of a broad and extensive multi-stakeholder engagement in the Pediatric Quality Measurement Program. CHIPRA offers an unprecedented opportunity to measure and improve health care quality and outcomes for the nation's children, including almost 40 million children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

In June 2011, a federal register notice sought nominations of individuals to comment on the criteria by which new or enhanced children's health care quality measures will be evaluated. In subsequent years, nominated individuals will evaluate children's health care quality measures using the criteria identified in 2011.

Glassman's appointment serves as an outgrowth of the work that he and the staff of the Pacific Center for Special Care have done over the last several years on oral health outcomes measurement, quality improvement systems and innovative dental care delivery models for vulnerable and underserved populations.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AHRQ's mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. More information is available at http://www.ahrq.gov.

Category Type: Dental Issues and Research

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu