Alex Azar taps CMS innovation center head to lead value-based care transformation

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar appointed Adam Boehler, the director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, as senior adviser for value-based transformation and innovation — one of Mr. Azar's four key departmental priorities.

Mr. Boehler will hold both of his positions concurrently.

"Adam is the kind of results-oriented, transformational leader we need to deliver on what President Trump has promised the American people: better healthcare at a lower cost," Mr. Azar said in an HHS statement. "At CMMI, he has already demonstrated an ambition for bold change, and will now be able to bring his deep experience with private sector innovation to help HHS execute on the long-talked-about goal of transforming our healthcare system into one that pays for value."

In his announcement, Mr. Azar also named senior advisers for his other three departmental priorities, including:

1. Jim Parker as senior advisor for health reform and director of the office of health reform,

2. Dan Best as senior advisor for drug pricing reform, and

3. Brett Giroir, MD, as senior advisor for opioid and mental health policy.

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