DETROIT – David Nerenz, Ph.D., director of the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System, was reappointed commissioner to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).
Congress established MedPAC in 1997 to analyze access to care, cost and quality of care, and other key issues affecting Medicare. MedPAC advises Congress on payment providers in Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service programs and to health plans participating in the Medicare advantage program.
Dr. Nerenz, one of 17 commissioners, was first appointed to MedPAC in 2012. Members are appointed based on their diverse expertise in financing and the delivery of health care services. The members serve three-year terms subject to renewal.
Dr. Nerenz has served in various roles with the Institute of Medicine, including as Chair of the Committee on Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020. He has also served on the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Workgroup and on the Accountable Care Organization Technical Advisory Committee of the American Medical Group Association.
Nerenz earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. As director of the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System, Nerenz is responsible for research on innovation in the organization of health care services, for analysis of federal and state health reform initiatives, and for coordination of Henry Ford’s involvement in federal and state health care demonstration projects. He also serves as vice-chair for Research in the Henry Ford Medical Group’s Department of Neurosurgery and director of Outcomes Research in the Neuroscience Institute.