Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of US and Head of US Government Accountability Office (GAO), recently announced the placements of six members to the newly constructed State All Payers Claims Databases Advisory Committee (SAPCDAC). The freshly appointed members are Niall Brennan, Cheryl Damberg, Emma Hoo, Frederick Isasi, Mike Kapsa, and Josephine Porter.
- Dodaro in the press release said, ” We had several outstanding candidates interested in serving on the committee, and the experiences and perspectives of today’s appointees should greatly benefit SAPCDAC as it advises the Secretary of Labor on data standards for voluntary reporting to State All Payers Claims Databases”.
- SAPCDAC was built in December 2020 to make suggestions to the Secretary of Labor on the standardized format and affiliated guidance for the voluntary reporting by group health plans to SAPCDAC. The newly elected members represent multiple departments within the Department of Labor and Health and Human Services.
- Niall Brennan, President, and CEO of the Health Care Cost Institute in Washington D.C has led one of the largest multipayer claims databases in the country with 100 million covered lives across the commercial and Medicare sectors.
- Cheryl Damberg, Principal Senior Economist and Distinguished Chair in Healthcare Payment Policy at the RAND Corporation, has earlier led health & economic research studies centered on health system performances and alternative payment models along with price clarity and use of incentives.
- Emma Hoo, Director of Pay-for-Value at the Purchaser Business Group on Health in San Francisco, is an outstanding leader who has worked in areas including common accountability care organization, measurement-based behavioral health care, and adoption of patient-reported outcomes measures.
- Frederick Isasi, Executive Director of Families USA in Washington D.C, has been known for his direction in national, state, and local areas ensuring accessible and affordable healthcare for all consumers.
- Michael Kapsa, the Chief Financial Officer of SolidaritUS Health Inc. in Washington D.C, is renowned for his strategies in developing federal and state health policy and primary care delivery modes aimed at reducing costs and improving health outcomes.
- Josephine Porter, Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire, has operated in overseeing academic health care research and serving as Principal Investigator on a number of research projects.