Lobbyist Herb Kuhn is leaving the hospital advocacy business to help the CMS administer the new Medicare reform law, the agency said. Kuhn will join the CMS Monday as director of the Center for Medicare Management, replacing Thomas Grissom, who left the position in December 2003 for medical devicemaker Boston Scientific Corp. Kuhn, 47, has been vice president for advocacy at Premier since 2000. Before that, he spent 13 years as vice president for federal relations at the American Hospital Association. "We look forward to Herb bringing more than two decades of Washington healthcare policy and management experience to his new charge," Acting CMS Administrator Dennis Smith said in an e-mail broadcast to CMS staff. The Center for Medicare Management serves as the focal point of the agency's interactions with healthcare providers, fiscal intermediaries and carriers, according to the CMS' Web site. -- by Jeff Tieman
Premier lobbyist Kuhn to head CMS Medicare office
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