The CMS has appointed Anthony “Tony” Rodgers, 60, to serve as its deputy administrator for strategic planning.
“Tony brings with him over 30 years of executive management experience with both public and private health plans and hospital systems. As deputy administrator for strategic planning, Tony will direct strategic planning and goal-setting to ensure effective and efficient operations across CMS,” according to an agency memorandum from CMS acting Administrator Charlene Frizzera.
Rodgers previously worked at Health Management Associates, Lansing, Mich., where he served as the principal consultant on health information technology, health system strategic planning, and health plan and system operations. Before that position, he served as the director of the state of Arizona Medicaid/State Children's Health Insurance programs, known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, overseeing an $11.8 billion budget, more than 1,600 employees, and the healthcare coverage of 1.3 million enrollees, the CMS memo stated.
Rodgers also tackled Medicaid/SCHIP issues when he was the general manager for WellPoint Health Networks' state-sponsored program. In this capacity, he was responsible for the Medicaid and SCHIP product lines with more than 1 million members, and for state-sponsored program health plan operations. He also served as CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan for five years and was the director of Maricopa Health System in Phoenix.