The Acting Comptroller General of the United States has announced the appointment of four new members to the influential Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), including Mary Naylor, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. Naylor is National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI)—a program that generates, disseminates and translates research to understand how nurses contribute to quality patient care.
Congress established MedPAC to analyze access to care, cost and quality of care, and other key issues affecting Medicare. MedPAC advises Congress on payments to health plans participating in the Medicare Advantage program and providers in Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service programs. The Comptroller General is responsible for naming members to the 17-member commission. MedPAC is expected to be especially influential as health care reform is implemented.
“We are so proud that Mary Naylor has received this honor, and confident that she will provide vast expertise and a valuable perspective to MedPAC’s work,” said John Lumpkin, M.D., M.P.H., RWJF senior vice president and the director of the Health Care Group. “She is a natural leader with an impressive list of accomplishments who has helped make the Foundation’s INQRI program a tremendous success. We are thrilled that she has been named to this prestigious post.”
INQRI is a national effort to support research to reduce medical errors and improve patient care, and to identify solutions to help health systems and health professionals ensure the best medical outcomes possible. The program supports interdisciplinary teams of nurse scholars and scholars from other disciplines to address the gaps in knowledge about the relationship between nursing and health care quality.
Naylor is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She co-chaired the National Quality Forum’s Steering Committee on Nursing Care Performance Measures and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in Nursing from Villanova University.
The other newly appointed MedPAC members are: Scott Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Group Health Cooperative; Katherine Baicker, Ph.D., Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health; and Cori Uccello, F.S.A., M.A.A.A., F.C.A., Senior Health Fellow of the American Academy of Actuaries. The terms of the four new members will expire in 2013.