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Former Senate aide Elizabeth Fowler to lead CMS innovation center


Wikipedia Dive Brief:

Elizabeth Fowler will be the new director of CMS’ innovation center, per the HHS directory , confirming weeks of speculation the health policy expert and Obama administration alum would be taking on the role.

As head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Fowler will direct federal government efforts and run payment models in a bid to inject value into the U.S. healthcare system.

Fowler has previously held leadership roles at HHS and helped draft and implement the Affordable Care Act, the law underpinning much of President Joe Biden’s health policy agenda. She later worked as a VP for global health policy at pharma giant Johnson & Johnson.

Dive Insight:

CMMI was founded a decade ago with the passage of the ACA, with an aim to move the needle toward paying for quality, instead of quantity, of care in the U.S. healthcare system. The government appropriated $10 billion to test novel payment models at the agency’s creation, a fund Fowler will now oversee along with roughly 600 employees.Fowler, whose appointment was speculated for weeks but only recently popped up in the HHS directory, has a long background in health policy. During the Obama administration, Fowler […]

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