Former ACA Architect Is Top Pick to Lead CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Elizabeth Fowler, “who led the drafting of the Affordable Care Act and then implemented the major health law, has emerged as the leading contender to run the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, according to people familiar with the matter.”

“Fowler is likely to head the Department of Health and Human Services’ health innovation center and would be charged with carrying out multi-year efforts to send taxpayer dollars toward paying for patient outcomes rather than individual procedures.”

“The CMMI has expansive authority to create and test health-care payment systems without congressional approval. As costs continue to rise, industry participants and regulators acknowledge they need to find ways to provide quality care while staying financially viable. New payment models are designed to pay doctors more for taking better care of patients and managing the cost…”

“Fowler served in the Obama administration as a special assistant on health care and economic policy at the National Economic Council, as deputy director for policy at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight office, and was chief health counsel to former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus. She led the drafting of Obamacare in her time working for Baucus.”

“Since leaving the Obama administration, she has worked at the Commonwealth Fund as executive vice president for programs and at Johnson & Johnson as its vice president for global health policy…” Read the full article here.

Source: Obamacare Architect Is Top Pick to Lead Value-Based Care Office – By Shira Stein, February 10, 2021. Bloomberg Law.

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