Hackbarth to step down as MedPAC chairman
Who: Glenn Hackbarth, 62
Current role: Named to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in 2000 and has served as its chairman since 2001. He recently announced he will be stepping down after his term expires in April. He also runs a healthcare consulting firm in Bend, Ore.
His background: Hackbarth was a founder and CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a large multispecialty group practice in Boston. He’s also held posts at Harvard Community Health Plan, Intermountain Healthcare and HHS.
His tenure: Seismic shifts in Medicare have occurred under Hackbarth’s watch, which forced MedPAC to wrestle with new, thorny policy questions. In 2006, prescription drug coverage was added to the program’s benefits. The Affordable Care Act also made major changes to the program designed to control costs and boost long-term stability.
His legacy: “The Glenn Hackbarth era of leadership at MedPAC has been one of the most noteworthy in the history of the organization, and will be remembered as providing Congress with extremely sound advice and direction,” said Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals. “I think Congress listens to MedPAC because Glenn has provided the kind of leadership over the years that members can trust.”