CMS innovation center loses first leader

The innovation center tasked with findings ways to reduce costs and improve care is losing its first director, Politico reported. Rick Gilfillan, who has led the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) since its inception in 2010, plans to leave at the end of June, according to an internal memo. "During this time, CMMI has grown from a startup center to an organization of over 230 people, and we believe that these new care models will make a difference in patients' lives and improve the efficiency of our health system," Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, wrote on Friday. CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway will serve as acting director of CMMI. Article

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