Two health system executives and a health policy professor have been appointed to the influential Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and two more members saw their appointments re-upped by the Government Accountability Office.
The MedPAC appointees are: Peter Butler, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rush University Medical Center, Chicago; Michael Chernew, a healthcare policy professor at Harvard Medical School; and George Miller Jr., president and chief executive officer of Community Mercy Health partners and an executive at Catholic Health Partners in Springfield, Ohio.
The three individuals chosen bring a range of important experiences, qualifications and insights to the commission, Gene Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the U.S. and the head of the GAO, said in a written statement.
Additionally, Jennie Chin Hansen, a board member of AARP, and Nancy Kane, a professor of management at the Harvard School of Public Health, were reappointed to the commission until 2011.
MedPAC is an independent government body that advises Congress on a range of care, cost and quality issues, including hospital and physician payment. -- by Matthew DoBias