Former CMS Administrator Tom Scully has joined the Washington office of the law firm of Alston & Bird, where he will focus on healthcare regulatory, strategic and public policy matters, the Atlanta-based firm reports.
Scully stepped down Tuesday, after several months of talks about job possibilities with a few law firms, including Alston & Bird, that had a stake in the recently passed Medicare reform bill, which Scully had a hand in drafting.
In May, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson approved a waiver to exempt Scully from federal ethics rules applying to such job talks.
Ben Johnson, Aston & Bird's managing partner, celebrated Scully's choice of employment in a release Thursday.
"Tom Scully was a leading architect of a fundamental restructuring in the way our nation pays for healthcare services and has arguably done as much as anyone to modernize the system and bring it into the 21st century," Johnson says. "He joins an influential legislative and public policy team in our Washington office and adds an unparalleled perspective on our healthcare practice."
In the same release, Scully praised his new employer.
"The breadth of the firm's healthcare platform--with specialists in regulatory, corporate finance and M&A (mergers and acquisitions), medical products and health effects litigation, life sciences, white collar and investigations and antitrust--provides us a unique ability to serve out healthcare clients," Scully says.