John Bardis, the founder and former CEO of MedAssets, has been named HHS assistant secretary for administration.
Bardis confirmed his appointment on Wednesday, but declined to comment further.
Alpharetta, Ga.-based MedAssets was a publicly traded group purchasing and revenue-cycle management company. Bardis founded it in 1999 and grew it into one of the largest healthcare group purchasing organizations. He oversaw the firm's diversification into other areas, like revenue-cycle services, for hospital and health system clients.
Bardis stepped down as CEO of MedAssets in early 2015. The firm later was acquired by Pamplona Capital Management for $2.7 billion.