Ending a month-old squabble, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Thomas Scully apologized to Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-Ill.), chairman of the House Small Business Committee, and testified before the committee today alongside physicians and medical device suppliers. Last month, Scully--despite being subpoenaed by Manzullo--had refused to testify before the committee, which was exploring Medicare regulatory hassles, because he would not have been allowed to testify alone. Manzullo said he would hold Scully in contempt if the CMS administrator didn’t resign; today he accepted Scully’s apology, saying, “It’s time to move on.” Manzullo, however, insisted on calling the CMS by its former name, HCFA, saying the agency had not made enough progress in reducing regulatory burdens on providers and suppliers. “We are willing to entertain HCFA’s name being changed to CMS, but at this point we are going to call it HCFA because the proof (of change) is not yet there,” he said.
Scully appeases lawmaker, testifies before panel
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