Mary Barton is NCQA’s New Vice President for Performance Measurement

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced today that Mary Barton, MD, MPP, is the organization’s new Vice President for Performance Measurement.

Barton will oversee the development, use and maintenance of techniques NCQA uses to evaluate health care quality. She will ensure the scientific integrity of NCQA measurement and research. She will also lead NCQA in winning and executing health care quality measurement contracts for federal and state governments.

“Mary Barton's strong background in research and government will help NCQA advance our mission as champions of evidence-based medicine,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “She is a terrific addition to our team and I am looking forward to working with her.”

Dr. Barton comes to NCQA from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), where she was the scientific director of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). She supported and provided oversight for the methodological, evidence review and recommendation-making work of the USPSTF.

Prior to joining AHRQ, she was an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, where she performed clinical epidemiology and health services research related to cancer screening and prevention in terms of access, test performance and outcomes.

Dr. Barton trained in primary care internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and completed a general medicine research fellowship at Harvard. Dr. Barton has a clinical interest in and has presented widely about the performance of the clinical breast examination. She is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society of General Internal Medicine.


NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes physicians in key clinical areas. 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 through the Web, media and data licensing agreements in order to help consumers, employers and others make informed health care choices.


National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Andy Reynolds, 202-955-3518

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