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GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments

WASHINGTON, DC (June 2, 2016) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of five new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of one current member.

“MedPAC provides valuable advice to policymakers on key issues relating to Medicare,” Dodaro said. ”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.”

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, Tennessee; 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, New York; and Pat Wang, JD, CEO, Healthfirst, New York, New York. 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, Minnesota. He will continue to serve as Vice Chair.

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.

Commissioners whose terms will expire in April 2017 are Kathy Buto, MPA; Francis “Jay” Crosson, MD; Willis D. Gradison, Jr., MBA, formerly a Scholar in Residence in the Health Sector Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business; William J. Hall, MD, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Rochester School of Medicine; and Warner Thomas, MBA, President and CEO of the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Commissioners whose terms will expire in April 2018  are Alice Coombs, MD, Critical Care Specialist and Anesthesiologist, South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, Massachusetts; Jack Hoadley, PhD, Research Professor, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; David Nerenz, PhD, Director of the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan; Rita Redberg, MD, Professor, Clinical Medicine, University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, California; Craig Samitt, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Anthem, Indianapolis, Indiana; and Susan Thompson, MS, RN, Senior Vice President of Integration and Optimization with UnityPoint Health and Chief Executive Officer of UnityPoint Health in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (Note: An earlier version of this press release mistakenly excluded Susan Thompson and the correct title and organization for Craig Samitt.)

For more information about MedPAC, contact Mark Miller, MedPAC’s executive director, at (202) 220-3700. Other calls should be directed to Chuck Young in GAO’s Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800. The official announcement will be published in the Federal Register.

Brief biographies of the new commission members follow:

Amy Bricker, RPh, is Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy with Express Scripts, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri.  She works closely with pharmaceutical manufacturers and retail pharmacies in creating programs that support clients of Express Scripts’ pharmacy benefit management and consultation services and drug utilization review.  She has also held positions in the retail contracting and the fraud, waste, and abuse divisions of the company.  Prior positions include Regional Vice President with Walgreens Health Services and Director of Community Retail Pharmacy for BJC HealthCare.  Ms. Bricker received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Brian DeBusk, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer of DeRoyal Industries in Powell, Tennessee, which operates in the surgical, orthopedic, wound care, and healthcare information technology markets.  He also serves as Vice Chairman of Lincoln Memorial University in rural Tennessee, which includes graduate medical education programs for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses.  Dr. DeBusk’s prior employment includes General Electric, Inobis, and Pace Energy systems. He has served on the faculty of both the University of Tennessee and Lincoln Memorial University, teaching classes in Information technology and business strategy.  Dr. DeBusk holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University.

Paul Ginsburg, PhD, is the Leonard Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and Professor of Health Policy at the University of Southern California, where he is affiliated with the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.  Prior positions include Founder and President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, Founding Executive Director of the Physician Payment Review Commission, Senior Economist at RAND, and Deputy Assistant Director at the Congressional Budget Office.  Dr. Ginsburg earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

Bruce Pyenson, FSA, MAAA, is Principal and Consulting Actuary at Milliman, Inc. in New York, New York.  His work has focused on diverse aspects of healthcare and insurance, including recent work related to alternative payment models for accountable care organizations, such as shared savings, as well as financial modeling of therapeutic interventions.  He has co-authored publications on such topics as the cost-effectiveness of lung cancer screening, pandemic influenza, and site-of-service cost differences for chemotherapy. Mr. Pyenson is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Pat Wang, JD, is Chief Executive Officer of Healthfirst in New York, New York.  Healthfirst is a not-for-profit provider-sponsored health plan that serves Medicare enrollees, including those who are eligible for low-income subsidies and those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Healthfirst incorporates a payment model that transfers risk to hospital and physician partners. Ms. Wang previously served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Managed Care for the Greater New York Hospital Association.   She received her law degree from the New York University School of Law.

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GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments
http://www.gao.gov/press/medpac_appointments2016jun.htm

Jun 2, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC (June 2, 2016) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of five new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of one current member. “MedPAC provides valuable advice to policymakers on key issues relating to Medicare,” Dodaro said. ”GA...
GAO Appoints Three New Members to Health IT Policy Committee
http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hcac_2016may.htm

May 5, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2016) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of three new members to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee. The new appointees are: James S. (Jamie) Ferguson, who will fill the position representing payers; Carolyn Petersen, who will fill the position of an adv...
Center for Audit Excellence and USAID Sign First-of-Its-Kind Agreement to Strengthen International Accountability
http://www.gao.gov/press/cae_and_usaid_sign_agreement.htm

Apr 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2016) –  In a move to enhance accountability across the globe, representatives of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Center for Audit Excellence and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  that establishes a framework for collaboration on training and technical assistance efforts. The goal of the a...
Statement Regarding Protest of General Dynamics Land Systems
http://www.gao.gov/press/statement_re_b-412525.htm

Mar 15, 2016
The following is a statement from Kenneth E. Patton, Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at GAO, regarding today’s decision resolving a protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems, B-412525, B-412525.2, March 15, 2016. On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, challenging the aw...
U.S. Government's Annual Financial Report Unable to Pass GAO Audit
http://www.gao.gov/press/usgov_financial_report_unable_pass_gao_audit.htm

Feb 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2016) — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) did not  render an opinion on the federal government’s consolidated financial statements for FY 2015 because of persistent problems with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) finances, the federal government’s inability to account for and reconcile certain transactions, an ineffective process for preparing the consolidated...
How Long Will This Project Really Take? GAO Issues Final Version of Its Schedule Assessment Guide
http://www.gao.gov/press/schedule_assessment_guide_2015.htm

Dec 22, 2015
Second Volume in Series to Help Manage Government Projects WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 22, 2015) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office today issued a final version of a manual to help federal, state, and local government agencies develop more reliable schedule assessments for government projects of all sizes. The Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules (GAO-16-89G), available on-line,...
GAO Makes MACPAC Appointments, Designates Chair
http://www.gao.gov/press/macpac_appointments_2016.html

Dec 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (December 16, 2015) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).  He also named the Commission’s Chair. “The seven men and women designated to serve on the Commission bring a wealth of knowledge an...
GAO Again Named a "Best Place to Work" in Government
http://www.gao.gov/press/best_places_2015.htm

Dec 8, 2015
Washington, D.C. (December 8, 2015) – The Partnership for Public Service today announced that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has again been named one of the top places to work in the federal government. GAO ranked third in the Partnership’s 2015 list of the “Best Places to Work” among mid-size agencies. Also this year, the congressional watchdog agency was again first in its support of divers...
GAO Makes Appointments to New HHS Advisory Committee on Physician Payment Models
http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hhs_advisory_committee_physician_payment_methods.htm

Oct 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (October 9, 2015) - Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the first appointments to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 established this committee to provide comments and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Huma...
GAO Opens New Center to Help Local, State, and International Auditing Groups Hold Governments Accountable
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_gao_opens_center_to_help_groups_hold_government_accountable.htm

Oct 1, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (October 1, 2015) - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today launched its Center for Audit Excellence, which will provide customized training, technical assistance, and other products and services to domestic and international audit organizations. The goal is to foster effective accountability organizations that can help improve government performance and transparency, in addition to ensur...
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