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GAO Appoints Three New Members to Health IT Policy Committee

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 advocate for patients and consumers; and Karen L. van Caulil, PhD, who will fill the position representing employers.

“It’s important to have the input of key stakeholders in the development of health information technology policy,” Dodaro said. “A number of strong candidates expressed an interest in serving on the Committee, and the individuals being named today will bring highly valuable perspectives to the work of the Committee.”

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 established the HIT Policy Committee and gave the Comptroller General responsibility for appointing 13 of its 20 members. The HIT Policy Committee makes recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT on the development and adoption of a nationwide health information infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information.

Brief biographies of the appointees are provided below:

James S. (Jamie) Ferguson is a Fellow of the Institute for Health Policy and Vice President of HIT Strategy and Policy at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California.  He is responsible for HIT policies and standards for Kaiser Permanente, and he previously managed the organization’s clinical and administrative data systems, including HIT standards.  Mr. Ferguson serves on the Board of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation and on the Business Technology Advisory Group of America’s Health Insurance Plans. He previously served on the ONC HIT Standards Committee, including as a member or chair of multiple work groups, including the Clinical Operations Work Group and the Semantic Standards Work Group.  Mr. Ferguson received his Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University.

Carolyn Petersen is Senior Editor for Mayoclinic.org of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  She is a thirty-year pediatric cancer survivor and has served as a consumer representative for multiple groups, including the Food and Drug Administration’s Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices Panel, the National Cancer Informatics Program, and the Improving Healthcare Systems Advisory Panel of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.  Ms. Petersen is currently a member of the ethics committee of the American Medical Informatics Association and has published articles and presented on issues related to patient and consumer access to health information.  Ms. Petersen received a Master of Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health & Science University.

Karen L. van Caulil, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Health Care Coalition, a business coalition on health representing 2 million individuals.   She is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of the National Business Coalition on Health. Dr. van Caulil is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Health Management and Informatics of the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Health and Public Affairs, and was responsible for developing UCF’s Regional Extension Center through 2011.  She was appointed by the Florida state secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration to the State Consumer Health Information and Policy Analysis Advisory Council.  She received her PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida.

For more information, contact Mary Giffin on GAO's Health Care team at (202) 512-7114 or Chuck Young in GAO's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800, or visit the GAO Health Care Advisory Committees web page at http://www.gao.gov/about/hcac/hitpc.html.

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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...
GAO Issues New Tool Designed to Help Federal Agencies Combat Fraud
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_tool_helps_agencies_fight_fraud_jul_28_2015.htm

Jul 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (July 28, 2015) - To help federal program managers combat fraud and ensure integrity in government agencies and programs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released A Framework for Managing Fraud Risks in Federal Programs. Effective fraud risk management can help ensure that federal programs and services fulfill their intended purposes, funds are spent effectively, and assets a...
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