"Particularly noteworthy about both nominees is their experience caring for low-income and other vulnerable people, shaped by their work at hospitals with a safety net role—essential hospitals," Siegel said.
Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD, president of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, was delighted that a AAOS member was picked to lead HHS.
"Dr. Price has decades of leadership on health care policy issues and firsthand experience caring for patients for nearly 20 years," Williams said.
"He has worked closely with AAOS on issues including repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula, oversight of mandatory bundled payment models, increasing flexibility within electronic health record programs, defending important in-office ancillary services, and protecting the patient-physician relationship. He has been an indispensable voice within the House Republican Doctors Caucus, making significant contributions to health policy reform and furthering the interests of patients. And he has been one of the most important champions in improving the care of patients in the specialty, rural, and small or solo practice settings."
CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell said Price "has been at the forefront of advancing important reforms to the nation's health IT policy landscape."
"He was a leader in pushing for greater flexibility in the Meaningful Use program, including the 90-day reporting period," Branzell said. "The shorter reporting period is a more realistic timeframe and will help hospitals stay focused on optimizing electronic health record systems for improved patient care. Dr. Price was also instrumental in 2015 in extending the timeline for providers to apply for hardship exemptions under the Meaningful Use program."
John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders.