The full Senate on Friday confirmed Thomas Scully, president and chief executive officer of the Federation of American Hospitals, as HCFA administrator, two months after President Bush announced Scully's nomination.
Scully, 43, will oversee Medicare, the nation's largest healthcare payer and many hospitals' chief source of revenue, as well as other federal healthcare programs.
After the Senate Finance Committee a day earlier voted unanimously to confirm Scully, the federation publicly named Charles "Chip" Kahn III, president of the Health Insurance Association of America, to replace Scully as president.
Modern Healthcare disclosed Kahn's appointment May 23 on its Web site.
The head of the federation, which represents about 1,700 hospitals, has been a highly visible lobbyist and spokesman for hospital issues on Capitol Hill.
"I'm thrilled that the federation board has offered me this opportunity, and I'm looking forward to representing them," Kahn told Modern Healthcare. "The federation has a long tradition of leadership, and I hope I can live up to that tradition."
Kahn, 49, said he would like to talk with federation members before outlining his priorities for the organization. He will start his duties June 18.
Senators praised Scully at the Finance Committee hearing last week. "I'm delighted to have Tom coming over to HCFA," said Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), who is pushing for broad Medicare restructuring. "I hope one of his charges will be to modernize and reform that bureaucracy."
The full Senate also confirmed Bobby Jindal, 29, as HHS assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. Jindal formerly directed Louisiana's Medicaid program and is a former Modern Healthcare Up & Comer. zxxx