The Bush administration said it will nominate Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan to head the CMS, as the agency begins implementing the new Medicare reform law. If confirmed, McClellan would replace Tom Scully, who resigned as CMS administrator in December 2003. Dennis Smith, director of the CMS' Center for Medicaid and State Operations, has been serving as acting administrator. Before joining the FDA, McClellan was Bush's chief health policy adviser. His brother Scott is the White House press secretary. The Medicare reform law passed last year continues to be controversial, most recently tarred by news that its 10-year cost could exceed an earlier estimate by $139 billion. -- by Tony Fong
FDA chief to be nominated as next head of CMS
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