GAO announces new appointments to Medicaid and CHIP Access Commission

WASHINGTON, DC (December 19, 2014) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of six new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and the designation of the Commission’s new Vice Chair.

Commission Members and Terms

Diane Rowland, Sc.D.; Chair
  Washington, DC

Marsha Gold, Sc.D.; Vice Chair
  Washington, DC

Terms Expire in:
December 2015 December 2016 December 2017
Donna Checkett, M.P.A., M.S.W.
  Phoenix, AZ
Sharon Carte, M.H.S.
  South Charleston, WV
Gustavo Cruz, D.M.D., M.P.H.
  New York, NY
Patricia Gabow, M.D.
  Denver, CO
Andrea Cohen, J.D.
  New York, NY
Marsha Gold, Sc.D.
  Washington, DC
Mark Hoyt, F.S.A., M.A.A.A.
  Phoenix, AZ
Herman Gray, M.D., M.B.A.
  Detroit, MI
Yvette Long
  Philadelphia, PA
Patricia Riley, M.S.
  Brunswick, ME
Norma Martínez Rogers, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
  San Antonio, TX
Charles Milligan, J.D., M.P.H.
  Albuquerque, NM
Diane Rowland, Sc.D.
  Washington, DC
Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.
  Alexandria, VA
Sheldon Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H.
  Columbus, OH
Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S.
  Overland Park, KS
Peter Szilagyi, M.D., M.P.H.
  Los Angeles, CA

Biographies of Commissioners

Sharon L. Carte, MHS has served as executive director of the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program since 2001. From 1992 to 1998, Ms. Carte was deputy commissioner for the Bureau for Medical Services overseeing West Virginia’s Medicaid program. Prior to that, she was an administrator of skilled and intermediate care nursing facilities and before that, a coordinator of human resources development in the West Virginia Department of Health. Ms. Carte’s experience includes work with senior centers and aging programs throughout the state of West Virginia and policy issues related to behavioral health and long-term care services for children. She received her master of health science from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
Donna Checkett, MPA, MSW is vice president of business development for Aetna’s Medicaid division. Previously, she served as Aetna’s vice president for state government relations, during which time a considerable focus of her work was the company’s response to the ACA at the state insurance and Medicaid level. In her capacity as chief executive officer of Missouri Care, a managed Medicaid health plan owned by the University of Missouri-Columbia Health Care, Ms. Checkett started and directed all aspects of the plan. For eight years, Ms. Checkett served as the director of the Missouri Division of Medical Services (Medicaid), during which time she implemented a managed care program for more than 50 percent of the beneficiaries and also oversaw several significant optional eligibility expansions. Ms. Checkett was elected by her peers to serve as the chair of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors and was also a member of the National Governors Association Medicaid Improvements Working Group whose initial focus was on the use of 1115 waivers for health system reform purposes. She received a master of public administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master of social work from The University of Texas at Austin.
Andrea Cohen, JD is senior vice president for program at the United Hospital Fund where she shapes and directs the fund’s program activities and leads work on Medicaid and other health insurance, quality improvement, innovation strategies, aging in place, and family caregiving. She also oversees the fund’s grantmaking and conference programs. Prreviously she was director of health services in the New York City Office of the Mayor, where she coordinated and developed strategies to improve public health and health care services for New Yorkers. From 2005 to 2009, Ms. Cohen was counsel with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she advised clients on issues relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and other public health insurance programs. Prior professional positions include senior policy counsel at the Medicare Rights Center, health and oversight counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. She received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law.
Gustavo Cruz, DMD, MPH is senior advisor to the Health Equity Initiative, a membership organization in New York City that brings together community leaders and professionals in diverse fields to foster innovation in promoting health equity. Dr. Cruz also serves as the resident advisor to the Dental Public Health Residency at Lutheran Medical Center and as adjunct associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion at the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry. He previously served as the director of public health and health promotion at the NYU College of Dentistry. His areas of research interest include the effect of immigration on oral health, community-based approaches to preventing early childhood dental cavities, and control of oral cancer. Dr. Cruz received his degree in dentistry from the University of Puerto Rico and his MPH from Columbia University’s School of Public Health.
Patricia Gabow, MD was chief executive officer of Denver Health from 1992 until her retirement in 2012, transforming it from a department of city government into a successful, independent governmental entity. She is a trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serves on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Value and Science Driven Health Care and on the National Governors Association Health Advisory Board, and was a member of the Commonwealth Commission on a High Performing Health System throughout its existence. Dr. Gabow is a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has authored over 150 articles and book chapters. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Gabow has received the American Medical Association’s Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Public Servant, the Ohtli Award from the Mexican government, the National Healthcare Leadership Award, the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Health Quality Leader Award from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). She was elected to the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame for her work on applying the Toyota Production Systems to health care.
Marsha Gold, ScD is a senior fellow emeritus at Mathematica Policy Research, where she previously served as a lead investigator and project director on research in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, managed care design and delivery system reform in both public and private health insurance, and access to care. Other prior positions include director of research and analysis at the Group Health Association of America, assistant professor with the Department of Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and director of policy analysis and program evaluation at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Gold is on the editorial board of Health Affairs and Health Services Research. She received her doctorate of science in health services and evaluation research from Harvard School of Public Health.
Herman Gray, MD, MBA is executive vice president for pediatric health services for the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), a member of the Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Prior to assuming his current responsibility in 2013, Dr. Gray served as CEO/president of the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) for eight years. At CHM, Dr. Gray also served as the chief operating officer, chief of staff, and vice chief of education in the department of pediatrics. He also served as the vice president for graduate medical education (GME) at the DMC and associate dean for GME at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Gray has served as the chief medical consultant at the Michigan Department of Public Health, Children’s Special Health Care Services, as well as vice president/medical director of clinical affairs at Blue Care Network, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Dr. Gray has received the Michigan Hospital Association Health Care Leadership Award, Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare Award, and is a member of the board of trustees for the Children’s Hospital Association and the Skillman Foundation. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, a master of business administration from the University of Tennessee, and completed his pediatrics training at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University.
Mark Hoyt, FSA, MAAA was the national practice leader of the Government Human Services Consulting group of Mercer Health & Benefits, LLC, until his retirement in 2012. This group helps states purchase health services for their Medicaid and CHIP programs and has worked with over 30 states. He joined Mercer in 1980 and worked on government health care projects starting in 1987, including developing strategies for statewide health reform, evaluating the impact of different managed care approaches, and overseeing program design and rate analysis for Medicaid and CHIP programs. Mr. Hoyt is a fellow in the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He received a bachelor of arts in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master of arts in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Yvette Long is the parent of a 16-year old with chronic health issues who is covered by Medicaid. Ms. Long serves as a case manager with the Philadelphia Welfare Rights Organization. She is chair of the Consumer Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Advisory Committee, which advises the state about major initiatives of the Pennsylvania Medicaid program. She is also on the board of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, a statewide board that oversees the administration of the network of legal aid programs in the state.
Charles (Chuck) Milligan, JD, MPH is senior vice president of enterprise government programs at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is a member of the strategic leadership team that is focused on delivery system and payment reform efforts at a large integrated delivery system. Mr. Milligan is a former state Medicaid director in New Mexico and in Maryland. He also previously served as executive director of the Hilltop Institute, a health services research center at the University of Maryland, and as vice president at the Lewin Group. Mr. Milligan directed the 2005–2006 Medicaid Commission and has conducted Medicaid-related research projects in numerous states. He received his MPH from the University of California at Berkeley and his JD from Harvard Law School.
Sheldon Retchin, MD, MSPH is the Ruth and Seymour Perlin Professor of Medicine and Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was recently selected to be the executive vice president for health sciences and chief executive officer of the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He is leaving his current positions as chief executive officer of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, VA, which includes a large teaching hospital, a faculty practice and a provider-sponsored Medicaid managed care plan, and as senior vice president for health sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University, which includes five health science schools. Dr. Retchin’s research and publications have addressed the costs, quality, and outcomes of care, as well as workforce issues. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and his master of science in public health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.
Trish Riley, MS will assume the position of executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy in January 2015. Previously, she was a senior fellow of health policy and management at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. Following her tenure as director of the Maine Governor’s Office of Health Policy and Finance, she was the first distinguished visiting fellow in state health policy at The George Washington University where she serves as a lecturer. She was a principal architect of the Dirigo Health Reform Act of 2003, which was enacted to increase access, reduce costs, and improve quality of health care in Maine. Ms. Riley previously served as executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy and as president of its corporate board. Under four Maine governors, she held appointed positions, including executive director of the Maine Committee on Aging, director of the Bureau of Maine’s Elderly, associate deputy commissioner of health and medical services, and director of the Bureau of Medical Services responsible for the Medicaid program and health planning and licensure. Ms. Riley served on Maine’s Commission on Children’s Health, which planned the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. She is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and has served as a member of the IOM’s Subcommittee on Creating an External Environment for Quality and its Subcommittee on Maximizing the Value of Health. Ms. Riley has also served as a member of the board of directors of NCQA. She received her master of science in community development from the University of Maine.
Norma Martínez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN is a professor of family nursing at The University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Martínez Rogers has held clinical and administrative positions in psychiatric nursing and at psychiatric hospitals, including the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Fort Bliss during Operation Desert Storm. She has initiated a number of programs at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, including a mentorship program for retention of minorities in nursing education. She was a founding board member of a non-profit organization, Martínez Street Women’s Center, designed to provide support and educational services to women and teenage girls. Dr. Martínez Rogers is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a past president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. She received a master of science in psychiatric nursing from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and her doctorate in cultural foundations in education from The University of Texas at Austin. She is dedicated to working with those who face health disparities.
Sara Rosenbaum, JD is founding chair of the Department of Health Policy and the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She also serves on the faculties of The George Washington Schools of Law and Medicine. Professor Rosenbaum’s research has focused on how the law intersects with the nation’s health care and public health systems, with a particular emphasis on insurance coverage, managed care, the health care safety net, health care quality, and civil rights. She is a member of the IOM and has served on the boards of numerous national organizations, including AcademyHealth. Professor Rosenbaum is a past member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and also serves on the CDC Director’s Advisory Committee. She has advised the Congress and presidential administrations since 1977 and served on the staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Clinton administration. Professor Rosenbaum is the lead author of Law and the American Health Care System, published by Foundation Press (2012). She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law.
Diane Rowland, ScD is executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation and executive director of the foundation’s Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. She is a nationally recognized health policy expert with a distinguished career in public policy and research focusing on health insurance coverage, access to care, and health care financing for low-income, elderly, and disabled populations. She has directed the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured since 1991 and overseen the foundation’s health policy work on Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, global health and HIV, women’s health, and disparities since 1993. A noted authority on Medicaid, Medicare and health care policy, Dr. Rowland frequently testifies and has published widely on these issues. Appointed in 2009 as the inaugural chair, Dr. Rowland continues to serve as the chair of MACPAC. Dr. Rowland is an elected member of the IOM and holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, a master of public administration from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a doctor of science in health policy and management from The Johns Hopkins University.
Peter Szilagyi, MD, MPH was recently named vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California at Los Angeles.  He previously served as chief of the division of general pediatrics and professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester and as associate director of the Center for Community Health within the University of Rochester’s Clinical Translational Research Institute. His research has addressed CHIP and child health insurance, access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes including the delivery of primary care with a focus on immunization delivery, health care financing, and children with chronic disease. He is editor-in-chief of Academic Pediatrics and has served as the president of the Academic Pediatric Association. Dr. Szilagyi received his medical and public health degrees from the University of Rochester.
Steven Waldren, MD, MS is senior strategist for health information technology (IT) at the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also serves as vice chair of the American Society for Testing Materials’ E31 Health Information Standards Committee. Dr. Waldren sits on several advisory boards dealing with health IT, and he was a past co-chair of the Physicians Electronic Health Record Coalition, a group of more than 20 professional medical associations addressing issues around health IT. He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. While completing a post-doctoral National Library of Medicine medical informatics fellowship, he completed a master of science in health care informatics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Waldren is a co-founder of two start-up companies dealing with health IT systems design: Open Health Data, Inc., and New Health Networks, LLC.