New consultancy panel boasts health IT heavyweights

Health intelligence firm Leavitt Partners--which was founded by former U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt--announced this week the creation of its "FuturePanel," a group of healthcare thought leaders that will serve as an advisory board to the firm. Aside from Leavitt himself, several former officials both from HHS and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will serve on the panel, including former CMS acting administrator Charlene Frizzera, former HHS assistant secretary for legislation Vince Ventimiglia and former CMS chief medical officer Barry Straube. Former American Medical Association CEO James Madara also is a member of the panel. The firm serves as a consultancy for hospital systems, insurance companies and medical device firms. Article