NU Online News Service, July 2, 11:30 a.m. – Mid Atlantic Medical Services Inc., Rockville, Md., today announced that Peter Welch, Ph.D., has joined its Strategic Policy and Analysis Department.

As the department’s senior health care economist, Welch will be using advanced statistical methods to develop new policies and procedures to help assure that MAMSI health plan members have access to health care.

Prior to joining MAMSI, Welch served as the director of research at the American Association of Health Plans. He has more than 20 years of experience in health care analysis and has held senior positions at several organizations including the Urban Institute and the Congressional Budget Office.

During Welch’s 20-year career, he published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including 10 articles in Health Affairs, a health policy journal.

Welch received his doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado and his bachelor’s degree from Swathmore College.