Walgreens Senior Vice President Jeffrey King Joins NCQA Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is proud to announce that Jeffrey L. Kang, MD, Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness Services and Solutions for Walgreens, is the newest member of the NCQA Board of Directors. 
The NCQA Board governs NCQA and is composed of 15 members and the NCQA president. The Board includes clinicians, public policy experts, purchasers, consumer advocates and leaders of health systems. Its multi-stakeholder perspective supports a focus on improving health care quality by emphasizing transparency and delivery system reform.
“Jeff Kang’s thoughtful leadership and broad experience improving quality make him a great addition to the NCQA Board,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “I look forward to working with him and I know he will make vital contributions to NCQA’s governance.” 
Before joining Walgreens in October 2011, Dr. Kang was Chief Medical Officer at CIGNA from 2002-2011, where he was responsible for the company’s health strategy and policy for its medical, pharmacy and behavioral products. Previously, Dr. Kang joined the Clinton Administration in 1994 as a White House Fellow and then subsequently served as the chief clinical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from 1995 to 2002. While with CMS, he was responsible for Medicare technology assessment and coverage policy, setting quality standards for Medicare participating hospitals and facilities and leading CMS’ quality measurement, improvement and patient safety activities. 
Dr. Kang is an internist and geriatrician whose career began in 1984 as the Executive Director of the Urban Medical Group, a non-profit, private group practice specializing in the care of the frail elderly and disabled.
Dr. Kang received his MD from University of California at San Francisco and his MPH from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his duties at Walgreens, Dr. Kang is currently a Board Member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
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 is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.     
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