Dr. Richard Kronick is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been a faculty member since 1991. Dr. Kronick’s research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of lack of insurance, on the development and implementation of risk-adjusted payment systems designed to encourage insurers to develop systems of care that are responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable, and on design and evaluation of health care financing interventions. His career has included work both in academia and government, reflecting a commitment to using health services research as a means of improving health care delivery.
From 2010 to 2016 Professor Kronick served in the Obama Administration, on leave from UCSD. From 2010 to 2013, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), where he primarily worked on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the design and evaluation of Medicare and Medicaid payment policy. From 2013 to 2016, Professor Kronick was the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Professor Kronick was a Senior Health Policy Adviser in the Clinton Administration in 1993-94, and was the Director of Policy and Reimbursement in the Massachusetts Medicaid program from 1985-87.
Professor Kronick received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014. He received a special recognition award from Academy Health for his work in leading AHRQ at the 2016 Academy Health Annual Research Meeting.