Dr. Richard Kronick will become the next director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality upon Dr. Carolyn Clancy’s departure later this month. Dr. Kronick joined the department in January 2010, as deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, overseeing the Office of Health Policy. In that role, he has conducted and coordinated research on policies relating to public health, health care delivery, health insurance, and health care financing programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and private insurance coverage. His work, and that of the Office of Health Policy under his leadership, has been integral to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, his team has provided insight and information critical to our effort to improve the health of the nation.