GAO Announces Newly Appointed MedPAC Members
June 6, 2016 08:50 AM
On June 2, 2016, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro announced the appointment of five new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).
“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.”
Following are brief biographies of the new commission members:
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.
The newly appointed members are highly respected but do not have specific connections to home care or hospice.