The CMS will create an Office of Policy to support and coordinate significant agencywide policy initiatives, such as efforts to tie Medicare reimbursement to performance and provide better information on cost and quality, CMS Administrator Mark McClellan said in an e-mail to staff. McClellan said the CMS faced a number of policy issues that cut across the responsibilities of existing CMS offices and he wanted to be able to draw on talent and insight from throughout the agency. Carol Kelly, who led the CMS' Office of Legislation and Policy from 1982 to 1986, will direct the new office and the CMS' recently created Policy Council. McClellan described the council as a "vehicle for the agency's senior leadership to develop our strategic policy directions and initiatives." Most recently, Kelly was executive vice president for federal legislative policy and healthcare system reform at AdvaMed, a trade association for medical technology companies. -- by Tony Fong
New CMS office to coordinate agencywide efforts
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