Geriatrician appointed to MedPAC

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 13, 2011

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A New York geriatrician and a former U.S. congressman from Ohio were appointed to seats on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on May 31.

William Hall, MD, a professor at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine, and former Rep. Willis Gradison Jr., currently a scholar in residence at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, will serve three-year terms on MedPAC, the Government Accountability Office announced.

Dr. Hall is a member of AARP's board of directors and previously served as the president of the American College of Physicians. Gradison served as a Republican member of the House from 1975 to 1993.

The 17-member commission advises Congress on payment issues affecting the Medicare program. MedPAC authors annual reports on the program, and provides Congress with nonbinding recommendations on access to care, quality of care and other issues related to Medicare.

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