Paul Ginsburg Appointed Vice-Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

U.S. Controller General and head of the Government Accountability Office Gene Dodaro announced the appointment of Paul Ginsburg to Vice-Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) today. He also announced the appointment of two new members and reappointments of current members.

Ginsburg, who directs the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, has served on MedPAC since 2016.

MedPac is an independent congressional agency that is tasked with analyzing issues related to access, quality and cost of care in Medicare.

Ginsburg is based in Washington, DC where he holds the Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair at the Brookings Institution. He is also the director of public policy at the USC Schaeffer Center and is a professor of health policy at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Prior to joining the USC Schaeffer Center, Ginsburg founded the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), where he served as president from 1995 to the end of 2013. Before that, Ginsburg served as the founding Executive Director of MedPAC’s precursor, the Physician Payment Review Commission, was a Senior Economist at RAND, and served as Deputy Assistant Director at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Ginsburg is a recognized national expert on the changes in the financing and delivery of healthcare and healthcare markets. He has been named to Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential Persons in Health Care” eight times and received the first annual HSR Impact Award from AcademyHealth.

MedPAC was established in 1997 by Congress and is made up of 17 members who are appointed to staggered, three year terms. The commission meets publically to discuss policy issues and formulate its recommendations to Congress. Two main reports are the primary outlets for Commission recommendations.  More about MedPAC can be found here.