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Brian DeBusk, PhD, Appointed to MedPAC

On June 2, 2016, Brian DeBusk, PhD, MBA, was named as one of five appointees to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). AACOM supported the American Osteopathic Association’s nomination of Dr. DeBusk. He currently serves as CEO of DeRoyal Industries, a company which researches, develops, and launches medical equipment and devices. Dr. DeBusk also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and as Professor of Business at Lincoln Memorial University, which also includes Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. DeBusk’s understanding of the health care disparities these areas continually face will be valuable to the Commission’s work on rural payment policies and delivery systems.

MedPAC is an independent congressional agency established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-33) to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. To view more, visit here.

AACOM Attends the CEF Presidential Forum

On Thursday, May 26, 2016, AACOM Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, attended the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) 2016 Presidential Forum. The conference was hosted by Candy Crowley, award winning journalist, and former CNN chief political correspondent and anchor of the Sunday morning talk show State of the Union with Candy Crowley. The forum consisted of two panels, one representing each of the two Democratic presidential campaigns, and the other representing several Washington, DC-based think tanks.

The CEF Presidential Forum focused on the future of our nation’s education, with a strong focus on education funding from early childhood through higher education. Discussion on higher education centered around student loan debt, reliance on federal financial aid programs, increased postsecondary enrollment, and the difference in earnings and unemployment across the population based on education levels. The forum also included a discussion of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

For more information on the work AACOM is doing to raise the profile of medical student debt, visit AACOM’s ED to MED campaign website.

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June 2016
Vol. 10, No. 5