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Kevin Kavanagh, MD, MSKevin Kavagh, MD, MS  Health Policy CV     
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Dr. Kevin Kavanagh is currently Board Chairman of Health Watch USAsm, a Kentucky based patient advocacy and research organization. Health Watch USAsm is a member of the National Quality Forum and has been designated as a “Community Leader” for Value-Driven Healthcare by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Kavanagh is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Patient Safety. On Aug. 20, 2014 Dr. Kavanagh became a CDC & ATSDR Honor Award Nominee. He has served on the 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program Technical Expert Panel (TEP) along with the AHRQ Standing Working Group for Quality Indicators for 2016 to 2017. He also serves on the AHRQ for Health Care Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Study Section, and he is serving an Interim term appointment (May 9, 2018-September 30, 2018) on the National Quality Forum’s Consensus Standards Approval Committee (CSAC). He has published over 20 peer reviewed manuscripts on healthcare policy and/or healthcare associated infections. In addition, he has published letters in peer reviewed journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association and New England of Medicine. Dr. Kavanagh is also a frequent contributor to the Lexington Herald Leader on Healthcare Issues and over the last six years a recurrent guest on the Jack Pattie Radio Show on health policy issues.

MRSA PictureThe picture on the right is a photomicrograph of
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).