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William J. Scanlon, PhD
Senior Consultant


William J. Scanlon, PhD, is a senior consultant to the National Health Policy Forum. He is also currently a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and the American Board of Surgery. He has served on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Board of Trustees, the National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's (HHS's) Negotiated Rule-Making Committee to Define Health Professional Shortage Areas, the 2005 White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee, and as co-chair of the 2004 HHS Technical Panel for the Medicare Trustees Report.  Until April 2004, he was the managing director of health care issues at the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). He has been engaged in health services research since 1975. Before joining GAO in 1993, he was the co-director of the Center for Health Policy Studies and an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University and had been a principal research associate in health policy at the Urban Institute. At GAO, he oversaw congressionally requested studies of Medicare, Medicaid, the private insurance market and health delivery systems, public health, and the military and veterans’ health care systems. His research at Georgetown and the Urban Institute focused on the Medicare and Medicaid programs, especially provider payment policies, and the provision and financing of long-term care services. Dr. Scanlon has published extensively and has served as frequent consultant to federal agencies, state Medicaid programs, and private foundations. He has a PhD degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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