Patient Care

URMC Geriatrician Appointed to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

Jun. 8, 2011
William J. Hall, M.D.

Geriatrician William J. Hall, M.D., has been named to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) by Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. MedPAC advises Congress on payments to health plans participating in the Medicare Advantage program and providers in Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service programs.

Hall is the Paul Fine Professor of Medicine, Oncology and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center and director of the Center for Healthy Aging based at Highland Hospital. The first geriatric specialist to be elected to the AARP’s board of directors, Hall has also served as president of the American College of Physicians, and as a member of its board of governors and its board of regents, and held leadership positions in the American Geriatrics Society.

“Given the challenges facing Medicare, MedPAC’s expert advice will be more important than ever,” said Dodaro. “We were fortunate to be able to consider many highly qualified applicants for MedPAC. The two new individuals selected this year have impressive credentials and will bring valuable knowledge and experience to the commission.”

Hall was appointed with Willis D. Gradison Jr., MBA, a Scholar in Residence in the Health Sector Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Their terms extend to April 2014.

“MedPAC will be deliberating on policy issues concerning the future direction of health care at an especially critical juncture,” said Hall. “I am excited to be a part of that deliberation.”

Congress established MedPAC in 1997 to analyze access to care, cost and quality of care, and other key issues affecting Medicare. The Comptroller General is responsible for naming new commission members.