June 1, 2011

New Appointments to MedPAC Announced

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Gene L. Dodaro, comptroller general of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), on Tuesday announced the appointment of two new members and the reappointment of three existing members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

The newly appointed members are Willis D. Gradison Jr., MBA, a scholar in residence in the Health Sector Management Program at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and William J. Hall, MD, a geriatrician and professor of medicine at the University of Rochester's School of Medicine. Their terms will expire in 2014, according to the GAO.

 

Congress established MedPAC in 1997 to analyze access to care, cost and quality of care, and other key issues affecting Medicare. MedPAC advises Congress on payments to health plans participating in the Medicare Advantage program and providers in Medicare's traditional fee-for-service programs. The comptroller general is responsible for naming new commission members.

 

The reappointed members, whose terms will expire in April 2014, are Peter W. Butler, MHSA, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; Michael Chernew, PhD, professor of healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School; and George N. Miller Jr., MHSA, chief operating officer of First Diversity Management Group and managing partner of the Ohio-based First Diversity Healthcare Group.

 

Commissioners whose terms will expire in 2013 include Scott Armstrong, president and chief executive officer of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle; Katherine Baicker, PhD, professor of health economics in the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Health Policy and Management; Thomas M. Dean, MD, practicing physician with Horizon Health Care; Herb B. Kuhn, president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association; Mary Naylor, PhD, RN; Marian S. Ware, professor of gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; and Cori Uccello, FSA, senior health fellow of the American Academy of Actuaries.

 

Commissioners whose terms will expire in 2012 are Mitra Behroozi, JD, executive of 1199 SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds; Robert A. Berenson, MD, FACP (vice chair), fellow at the Urban Institute; Karen R. Borman, MD, general surgery residency program director and an attending physician at Abington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania; Ronald D. Castellanos, MD, a urologist at Southwest Florida Urologic Associates; Glenn M. Hackbarth, JD (chair); and Bruce Stuart, PhD, professor and executive director of the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging at the University of Maryland-Baltimore.

 

Gradison once served as a member of Congress (1975-93), for which he served on the House Budget Committee and the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means. He was a founding board member of the federal Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and was vice chairman of the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care ("Pepper Commission"). Prior positions for Gradison also include assistant to the secretary of HEW, president of the Health Insurance Association of America and vice chair of the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academic Health Centers.

 

Hall directs the Highland Hospital Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Rochester. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of AARP.  Hall's career has focused on systems of healthcare for older adults. He was instrumental in establishing a Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and developing many senior prevention and wellness programs. Hall's prior service and positions include president of the American College of Physicians and leadership positions in the American Geriatrics Society. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, and pursued postdoctoral training at the Yale University School of Medicine.

 

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