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Barbara Gill McLean is the executive director of the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC). Her responsibilities include the design and continued development of a standard benefit plan for small employers; the implementation of a system to annually evaluate the quality and performance of HMOs, hospitals, ambulatory care facilities and nursing homes for public reporting; and the administration of the state’s health planning and certificate-of-need program. She is also responsible for the Data Systems and Analysis project, which oversees the analysis, collection and management of information on health care costs and utilization, and she leads the project to develop the state’s initiative for addressing patient safety. Prior to becoming the executive director, Ms. McLean was the deputy director for performance and benefits for the Maryland Health Care Access and Cost Commission (now MHCC) from 1996 to 2000. She held the position of senior legislative analyst for the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Maryland Medical System from 1991 to 1996, and served as principal researcher for the Environmental Matters Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1983 to 1991. Ms. McLean received a master’s in sociology and has completed doctoral studies in health policy at the University of Maryland.