Richard Sorian is vice president for public policy at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). He manages NCQA's government relations efforts, develops public–private partnerships to advance health care quality, and works to encourage the ongoing integration of NCQA accreditation standards and performance measures into state regulatory and licensing strategies. Prior to joining NCQA, Mr. Sorian was the director of public affairs and senior researcher for the Center for Studying Health System Change, and earlier was project director and senior researcher at Georgetown University's Institute for Health Care Research and Policy. He also served in various advisory capacities in the Clinton administration, including as Deputy Director of the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. Mr. Sorian is the author of three books and for 12 years was the editor of Medicine & Health and Health Legislation & Regulation.