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Blum Latest Leader to Exit HHS

Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media, April 24, 2014

As the clock winds down on the Obama administration's final term, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum joins what is becoming a steady stream of top federal officials leaving for new career opportunities.


Jonathan Blum

Jonathan Blum
Principal Deputy Administrator of CMS

In its third high-level departure this spring, HHS has announced the resignation of Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Blum, a former Office of Management and Budget program analyst, was the White House's first political appointee at CMS, serving as director of the Center for Medicare from 2009 to 2013. As principal deputy administrator over the past year, he concentrated on payment reform and cost reduction efforts across the agency.

In a memo to CMS employees Tuesday morning, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said Blum "has decided to leave CMS to pursue new opportunities." His last day on the job will be May 16.

Blum's departure follows the April 11 resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the administration official most closely associated with reforms under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at CMS, announced his resignation last month. Cohen had led the troubled launch of the new public health insurance exchanges.

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