Dallas-based Parkland Health and Hospital System CEO and President Dr. Fred Cerise was named one of several new healthcare leaders appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. As a member, Cerise will serve as a national advisor to Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP.
According to its website, MACPAC is a non-partisan legislative agency that provides policy and data analysis and makes recommendations to the states, Congress, and the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Seventeen commissioners are selected by the U.S. Comptroller General and represent different regions in the U.S. on these issues. MACPAC’s commission addresses a number of areas including payment, eligibility, enrollment and retention, coverage, access to care, and quality of care.
Cerise, who serves on the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council board and is chair of Teaching Hospitals of Texas, says his appointment to the commission is “humbling and honoring.”
“Every day I see the challenges faced by the low-income populations that enter our facilities looking for healthcare services that could save their lives,” Cerise said in a statement. “I see the challenges faced by our dedicated members of Congress as they look for the best way to provide that care with the resources available. I am eager to help in any way I can and to effect sound policies to improve the health of our population.”