5 things to know about MedPAC's new commission member, designated chairman

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has designated the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission chairman, and appointed a new member and five existing members to three-year terms on the commission.

Commissioner Francis "Jay" Crosson, MD, was designated chairman of the Commission. The newly appointed member is Susan Thompson, RN, senior vice president of integration and optimization with Iowa-based UnityPoint Health and CEO of UnityPoint Health-Fort Dodge.

The reappointed members are Alice Coombs, MD, critical care specialist and anesthesiologist at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Mass.; Jack Hoadley, research professor at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.; David Nerenz, director of the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit; Rita Redberg, MD, professor of clinical medicine at University of California at San Francisco Medical Center; and Craig Samitt, MD, global provider practice leader for consulting firm Oliver Wyman's Health and Life Sciences Practice.

Here are five things to know about  Dr. Crosson and Ms. Thompson.

1. Dr. Crosson spent 35 years as a physician and a physician executive at Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente. 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 and executive director of the Permanente Federation.

2. Dr. Crosson 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 chairman from 2009 to 2010.

3. Dr. Crosson earned his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

4. Ms. Thompson previously served in successive clinical and management positions at Iowa-based TrinityRegionalMedicalCenter, including as intensive care staff nurse, director of quality systems, assistant director of patient focused care, CIO, COO and CEO.

5. Ms. Thompson earned a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in health services management from ClarksonCollege in Omaha, Neb.


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