Ann B. Mech, RN, JD, assistant professor and legal affairs coordinator, University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, has been appointed to the Maryland CareFirst board of directors. Mech, a resident of Howard County, is the sole nurse on the board.
The Maryland CareFirst Board approves modifications to state benefit plans, provider networks, provider reimbursement levels, product underwriting guidelines, rating plans, marketing goals and availability or affordability of healthcare in Maryland. As a member of the board, Mech is tasked with ensuring that the officers of CareFirst act in accordance with the mission of its nonprofit health service plan.
I am honored to be a member of the board of directors of CareFirst of Maryland as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is implemented, Mech said in a news release. CareFirst will play a vital role in making affordable health insurance accessible to individuals and families through the largest network of health care providers in the region. I am looking forward to helping to ensure that the company adheres to its goal of providing health benefit services of value to customers across Maryland.
Mech is a long-time community volunteer having served on several local health-related boards, including Howard Countys Board of Health and Howard County General Hospitals board of trustees. In addition to the Maryland CareFirst Board of Directors, she is currently a member of the Vantage House board of trustees and the nursing advisory board of Howard Community College.
Ann Mech has continually exhibited her leadership finesse and capabilities. She epitomizes the term nurse leader, UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in the release. CareFirst has remained a staunch champion of nurses and their critical importance in the transformation of health care. I speak for the entire Maryland Action Coalition in praising this appointment.