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CMS official steps down

Apr. 25, 2014 - 04:09PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Jonathan Blum is resigning his postion as deputy administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Jonathan Blum, the deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is resigning to pursue new opportunities, according to the agency.

Before he took over as deputy administrator last August he was the director of the Center for Medicare, where he played a role in shifting the health care system to reward quality and value, according to CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

“The Medicare team’s accomplishments are too many to list, but include developing the ACO regulations, implementing our quality framework for Medicare Advantage plans, implementing our competitive bidding program for durable medical supplies, and developing many of our value-based payment strategies,” she wrote in an email.

Blum is the second high-ranking Health and Human Services official to announce he was stepping down. On April 11 HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced she was leaving the agency. President Obama nominated Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia Burwell to replace her.

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