January 18, 2013
Eric Stecker, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of medicine, has been selected to serve as a member of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC). Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, M.D., notified Dr. Stecker of the invitation, which is effective Jan. 1 for a two-year term.
The MEDCAC was established to provide independent guidance and expert advice to CMS on specific clinical topics, and is used to supplement CMS' internal expertise and to allow an unbiased and current deliberation of "state of the art" technology and science. The MEDCAC reviews and evaluates medical literature, technology assessments, and examines data and information on the effectiveness and appropriateness of medical items and services that are covered under Medicare, or that may be eligible for coverage under Medicare. The MEDCAC judges the strength of the available evidence and makes recommendations to CMS based on that evidence.
Dr. Stecker – an electrophysiologist who is affiliated with the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute – studies catheter-based approaches for ventricular tachycardia ablation and cost-effectiveness of implantable cardiac defibrillators. He completed his internal medicine residency at OHSU, as well as two fellowships – one in cardiovascular disease and one in clinical cardiac electrophysiology.