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HHS Secretary Alex Azar appoints Adam Boehler as director of CMMI

Former Landmark Health CEO will likely follow through on Seema Verma's initiative to take the innovation center in a new direction.

Susan Morse, Managing Editor

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has appointed former Landmark Health CEO Adam Boehler as director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and as deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma made the announcement to staff by email on Friday, CMS confirmed.

Boehler is founder and CEO of Landmark Health, a company that provides home-based medical care. He previously served in executive level roles at aLabs, Accretive LLC and MedeFinance. 

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"Adam is widely regarded as an innovative leader in the private sector and in him we are lucky to have someone who has designed and implemented new, patient-focused approaches to healthcare delivery," Verma told staff.

For months Boehler's name has been associated with the job of heading the CMS innovation center, but his official appointment reportedly waited until he sold off his stake in Landmark Health, which gets Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement

CMMI was created under the Affordable Care Act to test new payment and health delivery models. Verma said late last year that she wants to take CMMI in a new direction and requested stakeholder input on what form that should take.

Boehler replaces former CMMI Director Patrick Conway, who announced in August he was leaving to head Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

On April 6, BCBS of North Carolina announced a new business partnership with Landmark Health to deliver home-based medical care to Medicare Advantage consumers with complex chronic conditions, starting this June. 

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