Note to HHS staff: Having two treadmill desks is sufficient to get you in congressional hot water.
It turns out that the CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has a grand total of two treadmill desks, the agency confirmed last week. That number was sufficient to feature prominently in a senior Republican senator's criticisms of the new innovation office as a squanderer of taxpayer funds, during a March 20 hearing. We dubbed it Treadgate in last week's Outliers column.
The issue prompted Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to blast the new agency for failing to produce required health policy recommendations while lavishing high salaries and $1,000 treadmill desks on its staff.