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Reaction to HHS Nominee Price Mostly Positive Among Healthcare Leaders

By John Commins  
   November 30, 2016

Likewise, Tavenner praised Seema Verma, who was picked to serve as Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a position Tavenner once held.

"We look forward to working with Seema Verma to strengthen our nation's healthcare system and empower Americans to improve their health and financial well-being," Tavenner said, "particularly those who depend on the valuable support and services provided through Medicare and Medicaid."

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John Meigs, Jr., MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, noted Price would be the first physician to serve as secretary of HHS since 1989.

"With his background as a former practicing physician and as a legislator on both state and national levels, he will provide a much needed medical perspective to U.S. health policy at a time of health reform and global outbreaks of new health threats," Meigs said.

Association of American Medical Colleges President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, cited Price's academic career as a former assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine and medical director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

"Rep. Price understands firsthand the work and challenges faced by our nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals, and has long been a proponent of academic medicine," Kirch said.

"We are confident that Rep. Price will bring a thoughtful, measured approach to tackling the wide range of issues affecting the nation's health—from funding for biomedical research to training the next generation of physicians to transforming the nation's healthcare system in order to provide all Americans with the care they need when they need it."

America's Essential Hospitals
Bruce Siegel, MD, president and CEO of America's Essential Hospitals said the selection of Price as HHS secretary demonstrates that President-elect Trump "has made experience a priority in his choices" of both Price and Verma.

"Rep. Tom Price has an extensive clinical, administrative, and academic background in healthcare and long experience in the legislative process," Siegel said. "Seema Verma, MPH, offers a deep understanding of healthcare delivery and policymaking and can contribute an important state-level perspective on Medicaid, insurance, and public health. We are especially proud of her accomplishments as a graduate of the association's Fellows Program.

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders.


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