Ochsner CEO named to Medicare advisory commission

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The president and CEO of Ochsner (OX-ner) Health Systems has been named to a federal commission that advises Congress on a variety of matters involving Medicare.

The Government Accountability office says Warner Thomas was among three new members appointed Thursday to the 17-member Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

According to the commission's website, it advises Congress about payments to providers and private health plans, and analyzes access to care, quality of care, and other issues affecting Medicare.

Their terms and those of two members reappointed Thursday will expire in April 2017.

Thomas oversees a network of 10 hospitals, 45 health centers and clinics, 2,200 physicians, and a graduate medical education program.

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