CMS Administrator Tom Scully has informed President Bush and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson that he is resigning from the agency effective Dec. 16, the CMS confirmed today. Scully, who played a central role in completing long-awaited Medicare reform legislation, is considering jobs with at least four different law and private equity firms, sources said. "I have loved every minute of this job, and would love to stay much longer -- but it is time to go," Scully wrote in an e-mail to the CMS staff. "We have accomplished great things on many fronts in the last three years, but this massive Medicare bill affords the CMS its greatest opportunity to change the world for the better." Among the rumored successors to Scully are Leslie Norwalk, CMS acting deputy administrator, and William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. During his tenure at the agency, beginning in May 2001, Scully spearheaded efforts to require public reporting of healthcare quality data and to link provider payments with participation in such efforts. He often has been a controversial figure: This year he was the object of a lawsuit filed by the Gallup Organization and took heat for the expense of blimp advertising for Medicare's 1-800 number for beneficiaries. -- by Jeff Tieman
Scully to leave CMS
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