Frederick R. Kates III, MBA, PhD, serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor for Health Services Research, Management and Policy Department in the College of Public Health and Health at the University of Florida. Rick received his doctoral degree in Health Services Policy & Management from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Kates has various research interests related to health policy most recently the evaluation outcome-based evaluation of service quality in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the impact of the Medicaid expansion. Dr. Kates has been recognized by the South Carolina Public Health Association with the J. Michael Suber Media Excellence Award for sharing best pedagogical practices and online course development strategies, the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Educator Award, and accepted to the UF Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows. Prior to this position, he was an Instructional technology coach and instructor for Beaufort County Schools in South Carolina. Involved with the integration of over 8000 iPads into classrooms, instructional design and software integration. Concurrently he taught managerial and financial accounting for Park University on the Marine Corps Air Station. Before becoming an educator, he was the Purchasing Manager for Eaton's Electrical Engineering Services and Systems Division. He was part of the part of the division’s initial startup with responsibility for $60 million in capital expenditures and facility build out. He negotiated the division’s national agreements with suppliers, developed the national calibration program for the electrical testing equipment and the freight payment system, and was the project manager for the roll out of Oracle Projects and Purchasing software modules. Dr. Kates has also served in the United States Army, with active duty service patrolling the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea.