Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Center for Health Information Technology, was appointed to the new 17-person Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. His first term will expire in December 2012. Waldren, 37, is also co-chairman of the Physicians’ Electronic Health Records Coalition and sits on the National Quality Forum’s HIT Measure Steering Committee. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and his Master of Science in healthcare informatics from the University of Missouri at Columbia. The panel, known as MACPAC, was established as part of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, and will review Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies and will advise Congress on issues that affect Medicaid and CHIP. Its first chair will be Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and executive director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.
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