Hack­barth to step down as MedPAC chair­man

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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.”

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