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GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments, Designates Chair

WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 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 a new member to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of five current members and the designation of the Commission’s Chair.

“When it comes to the future of Medicare, MedPAC serves a very important advisory role. A number of extremely strong applicants expressed an interest in serving on the Commission, and I am very pleased to name this latest appointment,” said Dodaro.

The newly appointed member is 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. Her term will expire in April 2018.

The reappointed members, whose terms will also 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; and Craig Samitt, MD, Global Provider Practice Leader in Oliver Wyman’s Health & Life Sciences Practice.

In addition, Commissioner Francis “Jay” Crosson, MD, has been designated as Chair of the Commission.

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 2016 are Scott Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer of Group Health Cooperative; Katherine Baicker, PhD, Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health; Jon B. Christianson, PhD, Chair in Health Policy and Management in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota (Vice Chair); Herb B. Kuhn, President and CEO, Missouri Hospital Association; Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, Marian S. Ware Professor in 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 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.

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.

A brief biography of the new commission member and the new Chair follows:

Susan Thompson, MS, RN, is Senior Vice President of Integration and Optimization with UnityPoint Health, an integrated delivery system serving Iowa, central and western Illinois, and central Wisconsin. She is also Chief Executive Officer of UnityPoint Health–Fort Dodge health system in Iowa, which serves a predominantly rural and aging population and includes a medical center, a sole community hospital, a clinic, a primary care and multispecialty physician group, management contracts with critical access hospitals throughout the region, and a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization. She previously served in successive clinical and management positions at Trinity Regional Medical Center, including as Intensive Care Staff Nurse, Director of Quality Systems, Assistant Director of Patient Focused Care, Chief Information Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Thompson obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Health Services Management from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska.

Francis "Jay" Crosson, MD, spent 35 years as a physician and a physician executive at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. He served in a number of positions with Kaiser Permanente, including Senior Fellow at the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, the Director of Public Policy for The Permanente Medical Group, Inc., and Executive Director of the Permanente Federation, LLC. He currently serves on the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and he served on MedPAC from 2004 to 2010, including as Vice Chair from 2009 to 2010. Dr. Crosson received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments, Designates Chair
http://www.gao.gov/press/medpac_appointments2015may.htm

May 21, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 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 a new member to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of five current members and the designation of the Commission’s Chair. “When it comes to the future of Medicare, MedPAC serves a ve...
GAO Makes New Appointments to the PCORI Methodology Committee and Health IT Policy Committee
http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hcac_2015may.htm

May 4, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 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 new members to two health care entities — the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee. PCORI Methodology Committee The Met...
U.S. Government's 2014 Financial Report Underscores Continuing Financial Management and Fiscal Challenges
http://www.gao.gov/press/us_2014_financial_report.htm

Feb 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 26, 2015) — The federal government’s serious material internal control weaknesses, along with significant uncertainties, and other limitations continued to prevent the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) from  rendering an opinion on the  federal government’s consolidated financial statements. As in past years, three main obstacles prevented GAO from rendering an opi...
GAO Adds IT Acquisitions and Operations and VA Health Care to Latest High Risk List
http://www.gao.gov/press/latest_high_risk_list.htm

Feb 11, 2015
Progress Seen in Many Areas; New Area Ratings Introduced WASHINGTON, DC (February 11, 2015)– The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released its biennial High Risk List and announced the addition of two new areas: "IT Acquisitions and Operations" and "Veterans Affairs Health Care." “Too frequently, federal IT investments fail to be completed or incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contri...
Statement on Sierra Nevada Bid Protest Decision
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_statement_sierra_nevada_bid_protest.htm

Jan 5, 2015
The following is a statement from Ralph O. White, Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at GAO, regarding today’s decision resolving a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp., B-410485, et al., January 5, 2015. On January 5, 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp., of Louisville, Colorado, challenging the award of contracts to The Boeing Co...
GAO Makes MACPAC Appointments
http://www.gao.gov/press/macpac_appointments_2015.html

Dec 19, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (December 19, 2014) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of six new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and the designation of the Commission’s new Vice Chair. “In making today’s appointments, GAO was able to draw from an exceptionally stron...
GAO Rises in "Best Places to Work" Rankings
http://www.gao.gov/press/best_places_2014.htm

Dec 9, 2014
Washington, D.C. (December 9, 2014) – The Partnership for Public Service today announced that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has again placed highly in its roster of the best places to work in the federal government, rising to second place among mid-size agencies. GAO ranked third in that category in 2013. The independent, legislative branch support agency also again ranked number one in its s...
GAO Makes Appointment to PCORI Governing Board
http://www.gao.gov/press/pcori_governing_board_2014sep30.htm

Sep 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (September 30, 2014) — Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of Barbara J. McNeil, MD, PhD, the Ridley Watts Professor and founding head of the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, to the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). ...
GAO Names New Members to PCORI Methodology Committee
http://www.gao.gov/press/pcori_methodology_comm2014sep18.htm

Sep 18, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (September 18, 2014) - 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 Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Methodology Committee has the important job of assisting PCORI develop and update methodological standards and guid...
Team of Independent Auditors Gives GAO "Clean Opinion" on its Quality System
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_clean_opinion_sep_2014.htm

Sep 12, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC (September 12, 2014) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has received a “clean opinion”—the best review possible—from an independent international peer review team that closely examined the agency’s quality assurance system. This year’s review cited GAO’s institutional structures and organizational culture for clearly prioritizing quality and independence, values that GAO ...
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