Physician and former Geisinger Health Plan CEO Richard Gilfillan has been named acting director of the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Gilfillan named acting director of CMS innovation center
CMS Administrator Don Berwick announced the appointment in an internal memo. “As the acting director of CMI, Rick will be working closely with the CMS deputy group and me to develop and implement innovative programs that will help improve and update the nation's healthcare delivery systems under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act,” Berwick wrote.
The center was conceived to develop and test delivery models that might slow the growth of healthcare costs and improve quality.
From 2005 to 2009 Gilfillan was CEO of Geisinger Health Plan and executive vice president of insurance operations for Geisinger Health System, an integrated, physician-led system based in Danville, Pa., often cited by President Barack Obama as a model of what works well in healthcare. Gilfillan has been a consultant for Geisinger Consulting Group since June 2009.
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