The 21-member council serves as an advisory panel to the HHS secretary and the director of AHRQ on priorities for a national health services research agenda. The research is applied to improving the quality, outcomes, and cost effectiveness of clinical practice.
Council members are private-sector experts representing health care plans, providers, purchasers, consumers, and researchers. Also serving on the council as ex-officio members are representatives from seven federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Wakefield, who will serve a 3-year term on the NAC, is currently professor and director of the Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
"You can't have a conversation about quality of health care without talking about the contribution of the nursing profession," Dr. Wakefield said. "An appointment to the advisory committee of the leading federal agency on quality is precisely where nurses need to be to ensure that their voices are heard on improving the quality of care for the American people."
Dr. Wakefield brings a wide range of health policy experience to the council. In addition to serving as a Nursing Economic$ editorial board member and contributing to the journal's Health Policy and Politics column, Dr. Wakefield also serves on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Quality of Health Care in America. Last year, Dr. Wakefield was appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to a 3-year term on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which is responsible for advising Congress on Medicare. In June 1999, she was appointed to the Advisory Commission to the Office of Rural Health Policy, Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Wakefield served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) from 1993-1996, and from 1997-1998 she was on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry.
*Nursing Economic$, The Journal for Health Care Leaders, is a bi-montly, peer-reviewed publication. It presents innovative and in-depth analyses of the lastest issues and trends in health care administration, economics, and policymaking. With vital information from leading experts, the journal is an invaluable tool for executives in key administration and health policy roles.
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