Former Geisinger Head To Run CMS Innovation Center

CQ HealthBeat reports that Richard Gilfillan, a former head of the Geisinger Health Plan in Pennsylvania, will run the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center that was created by the health law. Gilfillan was chosen Monday. At Geisinger, Gilfillan ran a plan that "many health policy analysts see as a national model for delivering quality, affordable care" (Reichard, 9/27).

The Hill : "Gilfillan, a family physician by training, currently heads performance-based policy at CMS" (Pecquet, 9/28).

Health Affairs Blog: "The Affordable Care Act gives the Innovation Center the crucial mission of testing “innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures…while preserving or enhancing quality of care.” A CMS spokesperson said that Gilfillan was named in an acting capacity to quickly fill a role vital to the implementation of health reform; the spokesperson said he could not at this point provide a timetable for filling the position on a permanent basis" (Fleming, 9/27).

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