VA head Shulkin goes to White House to interview for HHS Secretary

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, has been interviewed by the White House for the HHS secretary post, according to a Wall Street Journal report from Oct. 13.

Last week, the Trump administration appointed Eric Hargan, a former Chicago lawyer, as acting HHS secretary. Mr. Hargan is filling in for former HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, who resigned late September amid a scandal in which he used taxpayer dollars to fund private and government related travel.

Dr. Shulkin, who has been working to transition the VA's EHR from its homegrown, legacy VistA system to Cerner, expressed some interest in the move.

"I'm very happy at VA. But I serve at the president's will, and whatever the president needs me for, I would do. But I'm very happy where I am," he told Politico Morning eHealth at an American Telemedicine Association event earlier this month.

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