GAO Appoints New Members to MedPAC
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
by: Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy




On June 2, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced the appointment of five new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of one current member. 
 
The newly appointed members are Amy Bricker, RPh, Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy, Express Scripts, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri ; Brian DeBusk, PhD, CEO, DeRoyal Industries, Powell, Tenn.; Paul Ginsburg, PhD, Leonard Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., and Professor of Health Policy, University of Southern California; Bruce Pyenson, FSA, MAAA, Principal and Consulting Actuary, Milliman, Inc. in New York, N.Y.; and Pat Wang, JD, CEO, Healthfirst, New York, N.Y. Their terms will expire in April 2019.
 
The reappointed member, whose term will also expire in April 2019, is Jon Christianson, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota’s  School of Public Health in Minneapolis, Minn. He will continue to serve as Vice Chair.
 
“MedPAC provides valuable advice to policymakers on key issues relating to Medicare,” said Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). ”GAO received applications from a number of highly qualified candidates interested in serving on the Commission, and I am very pleased to announce this latest round of appointments because the men and women named today will bring an important range of diverse experiences and perspectives to MedPAC.”
 
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.

Read the GAO announcement.
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