Former CMS head to temporarily lead CEO office of Alphabet health spinout 

Andy Slavitt, a former CMS administrator, will temporarily chair the office of the CEO of Alphabet's healthcare spinout Cityblock Health, company CEO Iyah Romm announced this week. 

In a Nov. 2 LinkedIn post, Mr. Romm wrote that Mr. Slavitt will lead the company as he takes a six-month leave of absence to focus on his mental health, effective Nov. 5. Mr. Slavitt currently serves as board chair of Cityblock. During Mr. Romm's absence, he will oversee the office of CEO, which will comprise six additional executive leadership team members. 

"Building Cityblock with you all is one of the greatest joys of my life," Mr. Romm wrote. "But in order to continue to build our company for scale and for impact, now is the time for me to get healthy, for myself, for my family, my community, and for Cityblock and the members we serve." 

Citblock spun out from Alphabet in late 2017. The company works with healthcare providers, payers and community organizations to connect members with personalized healthcare services, such as mental health coverage and social service programs. 

Mr. Slavitt was acting CMS administrator under former President Barack Obama. Earlier this year, he filled a senior advisory role on President Joe Biden's COVID-19 response team. The role ended in June on time with its planned schedule.

 

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