Health Affairs names new editor-in-chief
Who: Alan Weil, 50
Beginning June 2: Weil will become editor-in-chief of the health policy journal Health Affairs, replacing founding editor-in-chief John Iglehart. Iglehart retired from the post in 2007, but returned last April on an interim basis after then editor-in-chief Susan Dentzer resigned.
Currently: Executive director for the National Academy for State Health Policy, a post he has held since 2004.
Previously: He served as the executive director for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and as a policy adviser to then-Colorado Gov. Roy Romer. He was also formerly assistant general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Medical Security.
Wants to: Maintain the journal’s focus on peer-reviewed studies and original reporting while expanding its reach. “I think there are many communities outside of the core health policy community that are interested in what is in the journal.”
Knows he’s up against: Changing business models for print publications and academic journals.
Why Weil? “With his position on the front lines of health system change,” Iglehart says, Weil has “deep familiarity with and longstanding connections to the health policy, research and healthcare leadership communities.”