Maulik Joshi, a healthcare quality expert with experience in the public and private sectors, is becoming president of the American Hospital Associations research affiliate, the Health Research and Educational Trust.
Joshi, 40, also becomes senior vice president for research at the AHA, with the new role beginning sometime in November. He takes the place of Mary Pittman, who resigned in October 2007 after 14 years with HRET to become leader of the Oakland, Calif.-based Public Health Institute.
Joshis move comes a little more than a year after he was named the first-ever president and chief executive officer of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement. Prior to that, Joshi had been a senior adviser at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; president and CEO of the Delmarva Foundation; and vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In 2001, Joshi was named an Up and Comer by Modern Healthcare.
In a September 2003 article published in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, Joshi wrote that his research had found virtually no connection between hospital mortality rates and accreditation by the Joint Commission. The study was based on hospital site-visit data from 1996 and 1997, although the commission has since developed new standards to better assess clinical performance.
Although HRET is a not-for-profit affiliate and its staff is employed by the AHA, the organizations Web site says it maintains an independent board and group of partners to ensure its autonomy and objectivity in conducting and disseminating research on healthcare management issues such as community healthcare and patient access.
AHA president Richard Umbdenstock said in a news release that Joshi will be taking over a newly streamlined HRET, whose board now serves as the AHAs standing committee on research. We hope HRETs work will chart and influence the future direction of the (healthcare management) field more directly. In Dr. Joshi, we have found a leader who can make that happen, Umbdenstock said in the release. -- by Joe Carlson