Report: Trump selects Price as HHS Secretary, Verma to head CMS

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Report: Trump selects Price as HHS Secretary, Verma to head CMS

Numerous media outlets began reporting late last night that President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) as the next Health and Human Services Secretary. Price has been a long-time champion in Congress for DME providers and the beneficiaries they serve with a focus on accessibility and quality. He has been the chairman on the House Budget Committee in the 114th Congress. Prior to his time in Congress, Dr. Price was an orthopedic surgeon, which gives him an experienced, fresh perspective on the health care system.


Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga., second from right) with Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) at a VGM Healthcare Forum.

Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga., second from right) with Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) at a VGM Healthcare Forum.


Price has been an open critic of the Affordable Care Act, which, following an official Senate confirmation, it is anticipated he will be leading the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. DME providers will be quick to remember the role that the ACA played for the industry as DME reimbursement cuts in non-competitively bid areas were used as a pay-for.

Price has led many efforts in recent years to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries are provided with the highest quality of care with a true understanding that the best care comes from local providers. VGM Group, Inc., looks forward to working to connect grassroots providers to the next administration as they work to implement crucial reforms across the health care sector.


"Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our health care system for the benefit of all Americans.”

-Donald Trump


Additionally, Seema Verma has been named as the Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. President-elect Trump says Verma “has decades of experience advising on Medicare and Medicaid policy and helping states navigate our complicated systems. Together, Chairman Price and Seema Verma are the dream team that will transform our health care system for the benefit of all Americans.”

 

1 comment

  • Teri Jones | Nov 29th 2016 @ 10:23 AM

    Being a DME owner and trying to survive the cuts from 07/2016, a breast cancer survivor and with medical conditions, spouse of a Medicare beneficiary and almost one myself, I pray that these new appointments will help in all these areas. My health insurance will take 37% of my income and with the deductibles, I will be out of pocket almost 50% of income before they pay anything.....ridiculous

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