Overview

The Comptroller General of the United States is mandated in law to make appointments to certain health care-related commissions, advisory boards and governing boards. The links below provide additional information about each of these entities.

Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC)

GAO is now accepting letters of nomination and resumes for HITAC appointments that will be effective January 1, 2020. Nominations should be submitted by September 27, 2019 and sent to the email or mailing address listed below. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within one week of submission, contact Will Simerl at 404-679-1888.

Email:  HITCommittee@gao.gov

Mail:

U.S. GAO
Attn: HIT Committee
441 G Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20548

The 21st Century Cures Act requires the Comptroller General of the United States to appoint at least 14 members to the HIT Advisory Committee. The Act established this committee to provide recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria relating to the implementation of a health information technology infrastructure that advances the electronic access, exchange, and use of health information. The Comptroller General has previously made appointments to a separate committee, the HIT Policy Committee, which was replaced by the HIT Advisory Committee.

In addition to the Comptroller General’s appointments, the Act specifies that 11 members are appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Majority and Minority leaders of the Senate, and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. The Act requires that members at least reflect providers, ancillary health care workers, consumers, purchasers, health plans, health information technology developers, researchers, patients, relevant Federal agencies, and individuals with technical expertise on health care quality, system functions, privacy, security, and on the electronic exchange and use of health information, including the use standards for such activity.

For more information, please visit the HITAC website, or contact Will Simerl of GAO's Health Care team at (404) 679-1888 or Chuck Young in GAO's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800.

2017 & 2018 Appointments

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 established the new Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to review Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies and to advise Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP [Section 506, Public Law 111-3 and Section 2801, Public Law 111-148]. The Act directed the Comptroller General of the United States to appoint MACPAC’s 17 members, with initial appointments made no later than January 1, 2010. In 2016, the appointment date was moved from January to May for future cycles.

The terms of MACPAC commissioners are intended to be staggered, with the first set of appointments made in January 2010 set at one, two, or three years. Commissioners may be appointed for subsequent three-year terms. A call for nominations is published in the Federal Register in the winter, and appointments are made in May of each year.

For more information, please visit the MACPAC website, or contact Susan Anthony of GAO’s Health Care team at (312) 220-7666 or Chuck Young in GAO’s Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800.

2019 Appointments

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)

GAO is now accepting letters of nomination and resumes for MedPAC appointments that will be effective May 2020. Nominations should be submitted by February 14, 2020 and sent to the email or mailing address listed below. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within one week of submission, contact Greg Giusto at (202) 512-8268.

Email: MedPACappointments@gao.gov

Mail:  

U.S. GAO
Attn: MedPAC Appointments
441 G Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20548

The Comptroller General of the United States is responsible for appointing individuals to serve as members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). MedPAC is an agency of Congress whose mandate is to analyze access to care, quality of care, and other issues affecting Medicare and to advise Congress on payments to health plans participating in the Medicare Advantage program and providers in Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service program. MedPAC was established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (42 U.S.C. 1395b-6 (2008)).

The commission’s 17 members serve 3-year terms (from May 1 to April 30), with the terms subject to renewal. The law requires that the commission comprise a mix of individuals with expertise in the financing and delivery of health care services and have a broad geographic representation. Commissioners include physicians and other health professionals, employers, third-party payers, researchers with a variety of health-related expertise, and representatives of consumers and the elderly.

For more information, please visit the MedPAC website, or contact Greg Giusto of GAO’s Health Care team at (202) 512-8268 or Chuck Young in GAO’s Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800.

2019 Appointments

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Governing Board

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [Section 6301 and Section 10602, Public Law 111-148] requires the Comptroller General of the United States to appoint 19 members to the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Act also provides that the Directors of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institutes of Health, or their designees, be members of the Board.

Members of the Board appointed by the Comptroller General serve six-year terms and may be reappointed for one subsequent six-year term. The terms of the PCORI Board members first appointed were staggered, with the appointments made in September 2010 set at two, four, and six year terms. Board members must meet the qualifications listed in the Act. The Act also directs the Comptroller General to appoint not more than 15 members to a Methodology Committee of PCORI.

For more information, please visit the PCORI website, or contact Rashmi Agarwal of GAO’s Health Care team at 202-512-4077 or Chuck Young in GAO’s Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800.

2020 Update: On February 4, 2020, Alicia Fernandez, MD, was reappointed to the PCORI Board of Governors for a six-year term through February 2026.

2019 New Chair and Vice Chair Named

2018 Appointments

PCORI Governing Board Conflicts of Interest Information (PDF, 3 pages)

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gave the Comptroller General of the United States responsibility for appointing up to 15 members to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In addition, the Directors of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institutes of Health, or their designees, are members of the committee. Committee members must meet the qualifications listed in the Act [Section 6301 and Section 10602, Public Law 111-148].

For more information, please visit the PCORI website, or contact Rashmi Agarwal of GAO’s Health Care team at 202-512-4077 or Chuck Young in GAO’s Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800.

Current Membership (as of May 2015) (PDF, 2 pages)

PCORI Methodology Committee Members' Conflicts of Interest Upon Appointment (PDF, 8 pages)

Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)

GAO is now accepting letters of nomination and resumes for PTAC appointments that will be made in June 2020. Nominations should be submitted by February 28, 2020 and sent to the email or mailing address listed below. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within one week of submission, contact Greg Giusto at (202) 512-8268.

Email: PTACcommittee@gao.gov

Mail:  U.S. GAO
          Attn: PTAC Appointments
          441 G Street, N.W.
          Washington, DC 20548

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 established the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee to provide comments and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on physician payment models, and gave the Comptroller General responsibility for appointing the committee’s 11 members. The Advisory Committee members shall include individuals with national recognition for their expertise in physician-focused payment models and related delivery of care. No more than 5 members of the Committee shall be providers of services or suppliers, or representatives of providers of services or suppliers. A member of the committee shall not be an employee of the federal government.

For more information, see the PTAC website or contact Greg Giusto of GAO's Health Care team at 202-512-8268 or Chuck Young in GAO's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800.

Appointments, October 2018

Inactive Commissions

Commissions previously appointed by GAO which are inactive include:

Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Program Advisory Board

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan Program, and provides for an Advisory Board to the program [Section 1322 and Section 10104, Public Law 111-148]. The Act requires the Comptroller General of the United States to appoint the Advisory Board’s 15 members from among individuals with qualifications described in section 1805(c)(2) of the Social Security Act, with appointments made not later than three months after the date of enactment of the Act. The Act also provided that the board should terminate when it had completed its duties and therefore, the Board is no longer active. The appointments were announced by Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro on June 23, 2010.

For more information, please visit the insurance program webpage of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services.

National Health Care Workforce Commission

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gave the Comptroller General of the United States responsibility for appointing 15 members to the National Health Care Workforce Commission.

The members of the Commission are appointed for three-year terms, but staggered terms are mandated for the first 15 members appointed in September 2010. Those first appointments are set at one, two or three years. Qualifications of the commissioners are identified in the Act [Section 5101 and Section 10501, Public Law 111-148].

No appropriation has been made for the Commission and consequently it has not met since it was created.

Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act required the Comptroller General of the United States to appoint 13 of 20 members to the HIT Policy Committee, a body which made recommendations on creating a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information.

The Act required the Comptroller General to appoint these members across 10 different categories including: advocates for patients or consumers, representatives of health care providers, including 1 physician, labor organizations representing health care workers, expert in health information privacy and security, expert in improving the health of vulnerable populations, research community representative, representative of health plans or other third-party payers, representative of information technology vendors, representative of purchasers or employers, and expert in health care quality measurement and reporting. Appointment terms were for three years, generally beginning in April, and members could be reappointed for subsequent terms. An additional seven members were appointed to the committee by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Majority and Minority leaders of the Senate, and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

The 21st Century Cures Act replaced the HIT Policy Committee with the HIT Advisory Committee. See the HIT Advisory Committee page for more information. For more information, please contact Will Simerl of GAO's Health Care team at (404) 679-1888 or Chuck Young in GAO's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800.